Keeping Your Roof in Good Condition

roof maintenance

A roof is one of the most important components of a home. That’s why it’s so important to take care of it. Regular roof maintenance ensures that your home remains secure and is capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions year after year.

Your roof expands and contracts with every change in the weather, which contributes to the possibility of cracks developing and damaged shingles. Failure to identify and repair roof damage in a timely fashion is could lead to more expensive repairs later.

Regular Roof Maintenance

It is crucial to have your roof maintained on a regular basis in order to keep your home safe and secure.  Without regular maintenance, more damage could occur due to a lack of attention to details.  Here are some reasons why regular roof maintenance is important.

  • Identifies problems early. Roof maintenance is important because it allows the homeowner to stay ahead of potential major damage.
  • Saves the homeowner money.  Ignoring simple roof repairs can lead to more expensive repairs or an entire roof replacement. Take care of the small damage now or pay for a larger issue later.
  • Increases the lifespan of the roof. Regular roof maintenance can extend the life of a roof from fifteen to thirty years. If neglected, you will be replacing your roof way too soon.
  • Maintains curb appeal. Your roof is a major part of the aesthetics of your house. Forgetting to perform regular roof maintenance can affect the appearance of your home.
  • Protects home from other hazards.  Roof damage can lead to water damage, which can cause additional problems not only to the roof but to other primary structures of your home and its possessions.
  • Continued safety. A solid roof helps keep your entire home structurally sound by preventing moisture from seeping down into the framework, creating rot and mold, and potentially damaging the drywall. Keep your family safe by implementing a roof maintenance routine.
  • Peace of mind. Knowing that your roof is in good shape because you follow a regular roof maintenance schedule, allows you to enjoy your home and family.

Roof Maintenance Tips

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends checking your roof at least twice a year, in the fall and spring.

  1. Perform regular roof inspections: Regular inspections can head off issues before they become a huge problem.  Look for damage when the seasons change or after any major storms.
  2. Trim your trees: Tree limbs hanging down over or on your roof can be a safety hazard.  They can damage shingles and encourage animals to take shelter in your home.
  3. Remove debris from your roof: Debris such as leaves, small limbs, and sticks should be removed. They can cause algae growth.
  4. Inspect and repair seals, joints, and flashing: Flashing covers entry points into your roof including the vents, exhaust pipe, and chimney. These are spots for potential leaks and should be regularly inspected for damage.
  5. Repair small leaks quickly: Invest in a roof repair immediately before it becomes a larger problem.
  6. Clean your gutters: No one enjoys cleaning gutters, but it is important to do. Cleaning your gutters and downspouts, particularly during heavy leaf seasons, will help to keep your roof healthy and allow moisture to drain from your roof.
  7. Do not allow pests to live in your roof: If you see signs of small animals, termites, or other pests, have them removed immediately. They can cause serious damage to your roof.
  8. Remove snow buildup: Heavy snow accumulation can cause your roof to collapse. Use a snow rake to carefully remove the buildup from your roof or hire a professional.
  9. Install efficient attic insulation and ventilation:  Insulation can prevent your roof from warping. It also can prevent snow and ice from melting and then refreezing, potentially causing water damage to your roof.

What to Look for When Inspecting a Roof

There are problems you can miss if you don’t climb on the roof to inspect it. Because this can be a dangerous venture, you may want to call a roofing professional like Brian Dawson Roofing. Either way, regular roof maintenance, and inspections will catch any potential problems early.  Here’s what to look for when inspecting your roof.

  • Missing, curling, or cracked shingles
  • Peeling flashing
  • Missing granules
  • Leaks in the attic
  • Water stains and peeling paint on ceilings or walls
  • Algae growth
  • Any open areas, especially near chimneys or antennas
  • Inspect timber beams
  • Make sure the waterproofing inside the roof is covering all open areas.
  • Check plumbing and electrical wires inside the roof.

Set Up Your Maintenance Schedule Now

Your roof provides protection for your family against the wind, rain, snow, hail, and heat. The daily exposure of your roof to the elements contributes to how long it lasts. Brian Dawson Roofing can help extend the life of your roof with regular maintenance. Contact us for a roof inspection today.