Basic Roofing Maintenance
One of the most expensive things to replace or repair around the house is the roof. To make it perform as long as possible, you should do some maintenance on a regular basis. Although it will cost some money to keep it properly maintained, it will absolutely save you BIG money in the long run to keep up with this maintenance. Without some basic maintenance, you could be replacing your roof every few years. If you do have a new roof, here are some things you can do to make it last as long as possible for years to come.
- Keep the roof clear of debris. This is really important, especially if you have trees near your house. Piled up debris will keep rainwater from flowing off the roof, which can lead to serious damage to the roof under the debris. The last thing any homeowner wants to deal with is leaks.
- Check your shingles from time to time. You don’t have to be an expert to do this. Look for curling up on the shingles or any warping. Weather and heat over time can cause this wearing on the shingles and any roofer will tell you it’s better to fix this problem early, rather than risk steep expenses later. Shingles tend to be pretty flexible when they are warm, so if you see any warping or misshapen shingles during the winter, you can use a hair dryer to warm them up and reshape them back into place. If you see that the shingle has obvious damage such as cracks or that they cannot be bent back into place, you need to replace them immediately.
- Keep your roof cleaned up. Beyond just removing debris, you should use a roof cleaner occasionally to keep the roof looking clean and attractive. You can find cleaning agents safe for your roof in home and garden centers, or ask your roofing contractor.
- Clean your gutters. This is perhaps the most important aspect of basic roofing maintenance. Clogged up gutters can cause backed up water, which can cause major roofing leaks. Don’t risk it when it’s so easy to clean the gutters. A simple garden hose will push debris out of the gutters, saving you time and money!
It’s not too hard to keep an eye on your roof and make it last a long time. Check it every week or two by walking around your home and just taking a glance upward to check for problems. You might not realize it, but these small steps can really make a huge difference and will ensure your safety for years to come!