It’s an interesting phenomenon that the need for a roof replacement is enough to make any homeowner squirm, yet few of us actually take the time to keep our roofs viable with proper maintenance. Maybe it’s as simple as out of sight, out of mind. Likely, the problem is a lack of comprehensive information on steps we can take to extend the lives of our roofs. Let us help you do just that – we’ve compiled a short list of three measures to take to get the most out of your roof…
- Inspect & Take Note of Your Roof – Pay attention to your roof before there is a problem — don’t neglect it! Noticing signs of a potential problem early will save you time and money down the road. If you see missing or broken shingles, broken seals, or any suspect areas, have a professional address the issue right away. Be on the lookout for three specific items that could be a sign of an impending leak: Is the thin metal near appliances and chimneys (called flashing) bent, cracked, or rusted? Are there rotten, broken, or missing shingles? If you have a complex roof, watch for debris buildup, rotten shingles, and breakage in the valleys and corners of the roof. It is a good idea to have your roof inspected by a licensed roofing contractor at least every three years.
- Keep Your Gutters & Roof Free of Debris – Keep large tree limbs off your roof and clear your gutters of leaves and other materials. Debris compromises the strength of your roof and causes it to be susceptible to leaks over time. If left alone, leaves will break up over the years and turn into mulch, which works its way into the flashings around appliances and causes water blockages that will eventually turn into leaks. Expensive repairs can be averted by a little service!
- Clean Your Roof – “Cleaning” your roof is more involved than simply keeping your roof clean. A thorough cleaning is arguably the most important part of roof maintenance, as it prevents decay, extends the roof’s lifespan, and increases its functionality.
- Though your roof may look “fine” to your eye, algae could be present and thriving – and it’s living off of your shingles! Algae growth is a significant concern and should be addressed right away. There are two primary methods for roof cleaning: pressure washing and chemical cleaning. Both approaches have their pros and cons, and the right roofing contractor will find the right solution for your specific roof. What’s more, it’s a reasonably priced service at between $200-$800 – money well spent to protect your investment, and much cheaper than a roof replacement.