In addition to the scheduled maintenance performed by roofing companies, having a regular maintenance routine can help keep your roof looking good and in great shape. It also gives you early warning in case of potential roofing problems. Here are our tips on performing roofing maintenance on your roof.
TIP: Keep Your Roof and Gutters Clean
Good housekeeping should extend to your roof. This means clear the debris as much as you can, without risking your safety. Clear leaves and debris from your roof, or hire a professional cleaning service to do so. Keep the trees and other vegetation surrounding your home trimmed to reduce the leaves that fall on the roof. The branches can also poke and scratch at the roofing shingles, which could allow rainwater intrusion. About 10 feet of clearance should be enough. It also cuts off access for small animals.
Gutters should likewise be cleaned. Scoop out all organic material from the gutters, and inspect the gutter lengths for leaks, holes and loose or missing hangers. Consider investing in gutter protection systems if your gutters tend to accumulate leaves and dirt quickly.
TIP: Perform Regular Roof Inspections
Conduct a visual inspection of your roof at least once every six months. Together with scheduled roofing maintenance, inspections help prevent problems that often cause unplanned roof replacement. You can conduct your inspections safely from the ground. On a clear day, take out a good pair of binoculars, and inspect areas, such as valleys, penetrations and roof edges for signs of damage. Inspect every inch of the main area for cracked, curling or missing shingles. Take note of anything that looks like it needs a repair, and report it to your roofer. If you happen to own a drone with a camera, you can record as you inspect and then use the footage for later reference.
TIP: Keep a Log
Keep a record of every repair, maintenance and inspection that is performed on your roof. It may not sound as important now, but it can be invaluable when you need to analyze your roofing costs, replacement options or potentially unseen issues. A sturdy notebook with pockets (for receipts and quotations) should be sufficient for record-keeping.
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