Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about the condition of their roof. But, the old expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies when it comes to roofing maintenance. The costs associated with routine maintenance of your roof don’t amount to much; the costs of ignoring routine maintenance, however, can be significant.
In the long run, you will save money with regular maintenance done now!
Save Money With Roofing Maintenance: 10 Things You Can Do Now
Here are a few tips for keeping your roof in tip-top condition:
Trim back trees. To prevent damage to your shingles, trim back and remove overhanging tree branches or those getting close to your roof.
Keep gutters clear. Leaves and other miscellaneous debris can clog your gutter system, allowing water to back up into the attic or living areas of your home. It’s a good idea to check your gutters at least twice per year. Inspect your gutters, too, for sagging or other signs of damage & consider leaf-guards as a way of keeping your gutters clog-free for life.
Check downspouts. In addition to the gutters, make sure your downspouts are also free of congestion. If they are clogged, they can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home.
Remove excess snow. In the winter, a thick layer of snow accumulation could potentially lead to a roof collapse. If the snow piles up too deep, use a snow rake to carefully pull the snow off the roof.
Ensure proper ventilation. This is one of the most important elements in extending the life of your roof. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can accumulate in the attic, leading to roof rot and deteriorating insulation.
Ensure adequate insulation. A properly insulated attic space will allow your roof to perform at peak efficiency.
Look for storm damage. After a big storm, inspect the interior of your home for water stains. Check the outside for damaged shingles.
Check for moss or algae. Install zinc or lead control strips if your roof is starting to collect moss or algae.
Inspect flashings. Many roof leaks begin at flashing points, where the main body of the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration.
Consult with an expert. An experienced roofer can provide a comprehensive repair estimate to help you in maintaining and caring for your roof. Take advantage of our skill and know-how to keep your roof performing its best.
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