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Roof Maintenance Tips to Consider

Roof repairs or replacement can be quite expensive. Spending some time to examine your roof every couple of months could help you identify maintenance issues so you can avoid costly repairs in the future. It’s also imperative to review your homeowner’s coverage to ensure serious roof damage is insured.

To make your roof last longer, consider these maintenance tips. If it is not safe to perform these maintenance duties yourself, employ a professional.

Examine your roof
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Carefully scan your roof to spot any signs of damage, discoloration or warping. Spray some water on the roof and identify problem areas by noting down where water accumulates. Also, immediately check if there are missing or broken shingles, areas where there’s visible bubbling, as well as where the roof’s actually lifting.
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Prevent trees from growing too close

Trees may cause all sorts of problems for all kinds of roofs. Overhanging trees with falling branches can puncture or break shingles; leaning branches might damage roof materials when wind blows, and gutter systems may be blocked by falling leaves, causing water to get into the attic as well as living areas. If your home is near trees, trim the trees down and away from your roof immediately.

Clean mold and moss

Mold and moss can cause significant damage to a roof, so it’s critical to clear them immediately. When cleaning mold or moss, avoid a power washer as its pressure can damage the shingles’ layers of protection. Instead, pour some moss removal solution on the roof and sweep the debris off.

Clean downspouts or gutters

If possible, clean the gutters every 6-12 months. Also clean the entrance as well as exit of the downspout. Flush the downspout and gutters using water to ensure they are draining well and away the foundation.

Repair flashing and sealants

Flashing refers to the metal strip that connects your chimney or skylights to the roof. The wind and weather can make the flashing loose, resulting in mold as well as water damage. Fix any signs of loose flashing. Similarly, identify weakened or cracked caulking. Remove old caulking, clean the area by scraping and then add fresh sealant.

A large snow mass on your roof can lead to the roof’s collapse. If this occurs, carefully clear the snow from the roof with a snow rake. The rake can be bought at many home improvement stores.

If you spot any sign of leaking, such as dampness or mold in the attic, or dark marks on the ceiling, take action immediately. Leaks usually worsen, so it’s better to act fast and avoid costly roof repairs later.