Your roof does a lot of things for you. It protects you from too much heat, withstands rain and snow and it keeps water from leaking into your home. These are all the things that your roof will have to endure every single day. The combination of harsh weather, changing temperatures and other elements are enough to damage your roof. When your roof gets damaged, a repair will be necessary to keep the problem from getting worse. But, a roof repair is usually tedious and costly. But don’t worry because there are certain steps you can take to keep your roof in good condition and extend its life*.
Evaluate the overall condition of your roof
Knowing the basics about your roof can help you determine whether it is still in good shape. Know what your roof is made of, how old it is, if it has been repaired or replaced in the past, and so on. Take time to find out all vital information about your roof so that it’s easier to track damage and problems. It will also help you make the right decision should any damage occur.
Clear away debris
Leaves, branches and other debris collect on a roof especially during winter. Remove all these debris so you can help your roof protect you. Failing to remove all this debris may result in a draining issue. This will eventually lead to leaks and rusts. And that’s the last thing you want to happen. By keeping your gutters clean, you are also making sure that your roof drains properly. You can use your hands when you clean the debris. A soft broom or brush will also do. There’s no need for force to be applied. Make sure that you ask another person’s help especially in using a ladder. It’s also recommended to have this step done when the weather is sunny and the roof is dry.
Remove moss and mold
Your roof is one of the places where moss grows easily. It’s because it grows in wet or humid climates. At first, moss growth seems to be harmless. But what many people don’t realize is that it can cause significant damage to the integrity of your roof. It will grow beneath your shingles and will eventually push them up. When this happens, it’s easy for the rain water to get in which will cause leaks. It will also make your roof susceptible to being blown off in the wind since the shingles are flared upward. To prevent this from happening, take time to remove moss by using a roof moss remover. Wait for the solution to take effect. Then brush away the moss with a handheld brush or soft broom.
Pay attention to your attic
Paying attention to your attic can help you extend the life of your roof and keep it in good shape. It’s easy to spot roof issues when you look at your attic walls and ceilings. Doing this will help you spot leaks while it’s early. Look for missing shingles or check if you can see daylight passing through the attic ceiling. If you do, it could be an sign that the roof has a hole or it has thinned. Also make sure that your attic is properly insulated. It will help maintain the health of your roof.
Trim overhanging branches
Make sure that there are no overhanging tree branches over your house. Trim the branches that are hanging directly above your roof or hanging closely. Otherwise, the falling leaves will collect on the roof. The moisture will be absorbed and will cause your tiles to rot. It will make your roof structure weaker and prone to damage in the long run.
Keeping your roof in good shape is the best way to avoid unnecessary and costly repairs. Follow these roofing maintenance tips to make sure your roof is in excellent condition and to extend its longevity. In need of a roof replacement? Please visit East Fork Roofing.
*Please note: Climbing on your roof can be dangerous if you are not trained in this area. Be sure to contact a professional to do your roof review or contact East Fork Roofing for a referral.