Knowing how to maintain your roof is essential to maintaining the value of your home. Although it is not a priority to most people, neglecting roof maintenance can result in major repairs or even full replacement of the roof. And the exercise is expensive.
Highlighted below are the top 5 roof maintenance tips you need to know.
1. Inspect your roof often.
A roof inspection is the quickstep to roof maintenance, and probably the most important one. A semi-annual inspection, especially after spring and fall is always recommended. It will keep you informed about the condition of your roof and any damages since your last inspection; thus, making you aware of what steps to take. Moreover, you do not need to walk the entire roof for a successful review. You only need to get to the roof and scan it to see if there’s something that might require further investigation. While on the roof, check for shingles with corners broken off or curled. Also, you can check for visible nails from the layer below that can allow water penetration. If you notice any hole on the shingles, you can cover it with a compound until the roof is repaired.
2. Ensure the gutters are clear.
Gutters are potentially the easiest to fix for your roof; however, they can destroy the whole roofing if neglected. Often, you need to check out the gutter to see if they are clogged with debris and leaves. When clogged, water cannot flow down the downspout, therefore, leading to water entering the house from the bottom row of the shingles.
3. Remove any plant growth on the roof surface.
Generally, humid environments are a breeding ground for moss and other plants. Therefore, if you notice that there are plants on the roof surface, it is advisable you sweep them off gently while being careful not to remove the shingle aggregates. If the moss is old, then you will require the services of a professional. If moss and other plants are left untreated, their life will expand and destroy the whole roof surface by trapping moisture and eventually creating damage to the underlying wood structure.
4. Check your metal flashing.
Metal flash materials are installed around the exhaust stacks, chimneys, and other vents to prevent water from leaking around the edges. However, the materials are known to cause leaks when a flash is punctured, broken, or even missing altogether. Additionally, the sealant placed around the flashing might as well fail; hence, causing a severe problem.
Therefore, if you are able to access the flashings, it is advisable that you inspect them and see if it’s allowing any water in. If you notice anything is off, you will need to replace it immediately. As well, you can check to see if there’s any lose nails that might allow water in.
5. Trim the trees.
Do you have any big trees hanging around the top of your house? If yes, then you need to trim them. Regularly, the trees are most likely to send tree limbs crashing down on your roof, and this might tear off the gutters, knock off the shingles and even put holes on your roof. For roof maintenance purposes, you will need to remove the tree limbs from the roof as soon as you notice them. Additionally, you will need to check on the trees around the home to ensure none is dropping their limbs on the roof.