Your roof protects you and your family, so make sure you protect your roof. Maintenance will help to ensure you get the most life out of your roofing. The key to ensuring the longevity of your roof is to do preventative maintenance. Your warranty may say your roofing will last for 20 plus years, but that is assuming you take the proper precautions in preserving your roof. The life expectancy of your dog is around 10 years, but that’s assuming you feed him, exercise him, and take him for regular check ups at the vet. Your dog could live much longer than 10 years, or much less than 10 years depending on how well you care for him. Your roof is the same way.
The best way to know if your roofing is in need of maintenance is to regularly inspect it. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends you inspect your roof twice a year, or every six months. The best times are in the spring, and in the fall. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof before the harsh weather seasons to ensure you won't have any problems elsewhere during the extreme weather.
When inspecting your shingles, look for shingles that are cracked, curling, or buckling. Promptly replace those shingles to prevent further damage to your roof. Damaged shingles can cause water damage and an array of other costly impairments. You may find moss or algae on your roof. While dark spots are usually only a cosmetic issue, sometimes excess moss and algae can mean your roof isn’t drying properly. This usually happens if you have trees over your roof or you live in a high humidity area. You can get rid of it by gently scrubbing on a moss remover. But make sure to use the roofing friendly remover and not the moss remover meant for landscaping. The landscaping formula can be very harsh on shingles and actually remove granules. We don’t want that, those granules help protect your roof from damaging UV rays.
It also helps to trim or cut down trees and excess branches around your roof. Trees, while they are great for hanging tire swings and providing us oxygen, can cause many problems with your roof. During extreme weather, branches can fall down onto your roof. Low hanging branches can cause damage to shingles and sometimes put extra pressure on your roof. Plus, think of the time you’ll save not having to clean out hundreds of twigs and leaves from your gutters. Tress also lead wildlife to your roof and attic. Animals burrowing on your roof and in your attic can be very detrimental.
Lastly, you can check any areas on your roof that are made of metal and make sure they are not rusting. If they are, you can gently scrub the rust away with a wire brush. If it is completely eroded, you’ll want to have those areas replaced and recaulked.
Remember, when it comes to roof maintenance, it's always better to fix little things, than to have to pay for the construction of an entire new roof.
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