One of the best things you can do for your roof is to ensure that the maintenance is kept up on it. This will decrease the frequency with which you will need to have it repaired, and it will make your house look nicer from the outside.
This can often be something you can do yourself, however it is a great idea to hire professionals to take care of maintenance if you are uncomfortable with doing it on your own. This will help prevent personal injury, and it will ensure that the job is done properly and efficiently.
1. Keep the surrounding area clean
One of the biggest damagers of roofs are surrounding trees. They drop leaves which can cause damage if they are not removed, and branches can damage the roof if the wind causes them to hit it. As well, in storms, branches can break and cause even more damage. The ideal solution is to be diligent about trimming trees that grow near the roof so that they cannot cause any damage.
2. Clear it off
If anything does end up getting on the roof, it is important that it be cleaned off. Leaves or other debris sitting on the roof can be moist and act as a nice home for mold, moss and other things that can cause the roofing to deteriorate over time. As well, if anything gets caught in the eavestroughs or the drainpipes it could prevent proper drainage from occurring.
It is important to make sure that your roof, eavestroughs and drainpipes are cleaned out about twice a year, and if you are expecting a major storm it is also a good time to check to make sure everything is clear and ready.
3. Check the materials
Over time, the materials that were used when building your home may deteriorate, and by doing just a quick re-application or replacement you could save yourself a lot of time, money, and/or hassle. For instance, caulking that was used on the roof may deteriorate over time, and a quick re-application will ensure that everything remains sealed and in good working order.
Another example is the insulation in your attic. This helps to keep the roof insulated so that it repels moisture and other conditions that will make it deteriorate more quickly.
4. Just have a look
One of the easiest ways to keep your roof in good working order is just to check up on it every now and again. An easy way to do this is to grab a pair of binoculars twice every year and look at the roof – does anything look damaged? If not, you’re probably fine.
If so, you should call in a professional to have a look at it. Alternatively, you can use a good, solid ladder to take a peek. Try to avoid walking on your roof if at all possible both to avoid injury and to avoid damaging your roof unnecessarily.
5. Repair minor damage
If you notice that there is a shingle missing or any minor damage to any part of your roof, do have it looked at and fixed as soon as possible. Even minor damage can cause major trouble for you and for your roof.
For instance, a missing shingle could create a home for moisture, mould, moss, and it also opens up your roof to many vulnerabilities. It will deteriorate more easily and is more prone to leaks. Damaged eavestroughs also can cause problems, because efficient drainage from your roof is crucial. If water is not properly drained away from the home, it could cause flooding and leaking.