Your roof is constantly exposed to the sun, rain, snow and a host of other elements. And even though your roof was built to withstand all the mother nature can throw at it, at times the constant wear and tear can lead to pieces coming lose or even leaks. Conducting semi-annual or even annual maintenance on your roof can help prevent any potential damage that can lead to costly repairs and perhaps even replacement.
Below we outline a few basic steps that will help you with your own roof maintenance.
1. Trim Back Tree Branches
If you have larger trees around your home, it is recommended that you trim back branches regularly. Tree branches that extend over your roof may eventually begin rubbing against your roof and damaging it. As well, these branches pose a risk during snow, ice, and wind storms as the branches may break off and damage your roof, eavestrough and any other property in the area. Trimming back the higher branches before they get too large, will help eliminate these issues.
2. Check Your Roofing Surface
No matter if you have metal roofing or asphalt shingles, inspecting the top of your roof is an important maintenance step. You can look for anything that looks out of place, such as broken or missing pieces, or any areas that are popping up or sinking in. In addition, clear any large debris sitting on your roof’s surface, from branches and leaves to loose litter, these items can cause damage to your roofing system over time.
3. Inspect the Flashing
Flashing is put in place to prevent water from getting in to areas where your shingles or metal roofing cannot cover. If your flashing is damaged in any way, it can lead to water getting into your home. Over time the caulking that helps seal the flashing can become damaged and crack or peal, reapply caulk around your flashing in these scenarios will help prevent any water from entering your home.
4. Unclog gutters
Your gutters main purpose is to lead water away from your home. However, if they are clogged with debris such as leaves and dirt, water cannot flow down and away from your home. Over time, the accumulated water can seep over your gutter’s edge and possibly damage your roof as well as pool around your home’s foundation, leading to a potential basement flooding incident. It is suggested to clean your gutters out at least annually.
5. Complete an Attic Inspection
Inspecting your roof from inside your attic, isn’t something most people can say they do. However, it is a good idea to do so. Because most attics are dark, you are able to see if there is any light peaking in from the outside. If you do see light, that means there is an issue. Don’t forget to inspect your insulation to ensure it is completely dry. If you find that your insulation is moist, chances are there is a leak somewhere in your roof.
If you are not comfortable climbing up onto your roof to complete an inspection, do not just ignore this task. There are plenty of professional roofing contractors that can complete seasonal or annual maintenance for you. The benefit of hiring a professional to complete the work is that they are able to spot potential problem areas before they occur.