Roof Maintenance: Simple Care Tips

It can cost you between $18,000 and $36,000 to install a new roof depending on the materials you use. Protect this significant investment by carrying out roof maintenance. Maintaining your roof will extend its life and save you from expensive repair work. Here are some simple things you can do to ensure it remains in great condition.

Clean Gutters

Cleaning gutters is necessary to prevent clogging. Clogged gutters can make your roof rafters and sheathing rot. It will also damage siding paint and make your basement wet. Repairs will cost you thousands of dollars in such situations. You can avoid this by simply cleaning the gutters especially during the spring and fall when several leaves fall. Clean them yourself or hire a professional if you have a big house. Visit this website to learn more about professional cleaning.

Inspect Flashing

Roof flashing should be inspected regularly to ensure it is solid. This is one of the most common target areas for leaks. Inspect flashing around chimneys, exhaust pipes, and vents. Check for punctures, loose sealant, and bends. It may be necessary to reseal the flashing.

Trim Overhanging Tree Branches

Trees can be a potential hazard especially if they grow very close to your home, making it necessary to trim any overhanging branches. Broken limbs can fall on your roof and cause extensive damage. Overhanging branches can also scrape off the roof coating, exposing it to the elements. Go online to learn about trimming branches close to your house.

Remove Algae, mildew, and Moss

Algae, mildew, and moss trap moisture and this can damage your roof. Contact a professional roofing company to get rid of them. A professional is recommended to ensure the right products and techniques are applied during the removal to prevent further growth. Read more about roof maintenance services on this

If the shingles are completely damaged, you can replace them by lifting them by their edges and prying out the nail.

Repairing a Leaky Shingle

Hey guys – most likely you’ve experienced a leaky roof at one point.  This first blog post is a helpful video by Fox Know How that shows you how to repair a shingle yourself.  Remember, always be safe when you’re working on your roof, and if you’re in doubt call the pros!