5 Tips For Maintaining Your Roof
Twice a year (Spring and Fall) perform a visual from the ground inspection. Be sure to check for the following problem areas. If you find any of the following issues contact a roofing expert for an inspection.
- Lifting, curling, or missing shingles
- Damaged drip edge
- Buckling, loose, or missing flashing
- Missing or exposed fasteners.
- Sagging or broken gutters
- Missing granules
Clean The Gutters
Whether you call in professional or safely do this yourself it will ensure that water can not get backed up in the gutter system and cause water damage to the fascia.
Trim the Trees
Trees are a leading cause of roof damage, one good storm can send branches onto your roof causing major damage. Another thing to consider is that if a roof is damaged by a dead tree your insurance company can choose to deny the claim because you failed to properly maintain your trees. So this can be a costly mistake that becomes a 100% out-of-pocket expense for you.
Look For Moss And Algae
To prevent moss and algae growth make sure your attic is properly ventilated, remove debris from the roof and trim overhanging tree branches. If you find signs of moss or algae you can use a solution of 50/50 water/bleach or a biodegradable foaming spray.
Recaulk If Needed
If a low-quality caulk/sealant was used during the installation the flashings make not hold their seal causing unseen water damage. So you will want to do a visual inspection of the seams to check for cracks in the caulk.
Look for Leaks in Your Attic & Ceilings
Another good tip that your roof needs maintenance is finding water stains inside your house. You should be checking your ceilings and attic just as regularly as your roof itself for water damage to head off any serious issues. The most common warning signs of a leak are:
- Musty odors in certain rooms.
- Water stains on your ceiling.
- Spots on your exterior walls.
- Bulging patches on your interior walls.