If you want to have a roof that will last for many, many years, it’s important to know proper maintenance and caring techniques for your roofing system.
Not performing the right methods of preserving your roof can lead to damages, inefficient shelter, and high cost of repairs. To minimize on expenses while ensuring that your family is always kept dry and comfortable in your home, follow the roof maintenance tips below.
Inspect Your Roof Regularly
Regularly inspect the overall condition of your roof to make sure that small damages are repaired immediately. Do a routine inspection about 2 times a year so that minor repairs can be done before the condition worsens.
Roofs that are made of shingles and tiles need to be inspected for cracks, fraying, and normal wear and tear. If some pieces are missing, these should be quickly replaced too.
Flashings around vents and chimneys should also be checked to ensure that these are in good condition. These should be tight and secured on the roof to avoid leaks and draft.
Keep Trees Under Control and Away from Structures
When planting trees, determine their actual size at maturity so that you can carefully plan their location. We had a neighbor who planted a tree near their house and it grew so big that leaves are always falling on their roof.
When not cleaned regularly, the leaves accumulate and clog up their gutter. The only other solution to this problem is to regularly trim the tree’s branches so that the leaves won’t cause roof problems.
You see, ample planning is required even when planting trees so that these won’t cause problems in the future when they are already at their full height. In general, it would be wise to plant trees at a reasonable distance away from buildings and structures.
Take Good Care of Your Gutter and Downspout
The gutter as well as the downspouts should always be clean and free from leaves, sticks, and other foreign materials. These things can clog the roof’s drainage system and lead to early wear and tear. Moreover, if these are heavily clogged, there could be leaks inside your home.
Painting Shingles… No No No…
Don’t paint shingles and think that the paint can make them more durable and long lasting. Paint can actually shorten the life of shingles and cause them to crack easily.
If your roof has some damaged shingles, it would be more practical to replace these with new ones. That’s why it’s advisable to keep extra pieces of shingles when you install your roof with these.
Stay Off It!
We did say inspect the roof regularly; and if possible, do this at least 2 times a year. But that doesn’t mean that you can walk on the roof like walking in the park every time you do this. First of all, it’s not a safe place to be walking about on because the surfaces are not stable. The edges are particularly steep and dangerous too. Also, walking on the roof can actually cause unnecessary damages because your weight can put pressure on the roofing materials.
So what should you do now? For most parts of the roof, you can check and inspect for damages by using a ladder. You can also use binoculars to look at areas from a distance.
But of course, once in a while, you can walk on the roof to inspect problem areas at close range.