Roof maintenance: How to take care of your roof

The life of your roof can vary according to material and structure, but no matter what type of roof you have, it needs to be taken care of year-round. Consider these tips regarding how to take care of your roof to avoid expensive repairs, early replacement, and costly damages. The exterior and interior of your home or office building can be affected by your roof, therefore its maintenance should be at the top of your priority list as a homeowner or CEO.

Inspect your roof

The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that you take a look at your roof every spring and fall. Check the attic or interior ceiling to identify signs of water intrusion. Inspect your roof for missing or loose shingles, mold, cracking or peeling, among other indicators. If you know what to look for, this can be a weekend DIY project, but if you prefer to receive assistance from a professional, contact your local roofing company for a quote regarding a routine roof inspection. If you have a commercial roof, ensure that you have a team in place to perform routine maintenance when needed.

Remove debris

Don’t let branches, leaves, or other debris sit on your roof for an extended period of time. After a storm or windy day, take away any debris from your roof that can be reached with an extendable ladder. Sticks and other debris can damage shingles, cause algae to grow, and can clog your gutters. As a preventative measure, trim back troublesome trees that could fall and cause damage to your roof or gutters. Ask for professional help if needed, depending on the scope of your building.

Get rid of moss and mold

Spray a roof moss and mold remover on the affected areas and gently brush away with a soft-bristled brush. Avoid using a power washer or hard-bristled brush as it can cause damage to your roof’s exterior.

Clean out your gutters

A yearly deep cleaning of your gutters is recommended to keep them in good working condition. Get out your ladder and your rubber gloves and make sure that water can run freely from your roof to your downspout and out to the yard. Use a hose to help move debris along and check for any cracks or lose sections while you’re up there. Clogged gutters can harm your roof and allow for water leaks, among other damages. Installing gutter screens or covers can reduce yearly cleaning time.

Make small repairs

DIY repairs such as re-caulking, removing rust, or re-sealing areas around skylights or chimneys are proactive ways to ensure that your roof is performing at its best. Smaller preventative maintenance tasks can be completed in order to extend the life of your roof and avoid bigger maintenance projects by a professional down the road.

Know your history

Whether you own a residential home or commercial building, knowing the history of your roof is essential. A detailed history of the roof installation, repair timeline, changes made, and warranty and insurance information are imperative to a complete file on your roof. The more you know, the better you or a professional, will be able to assess the situation, and make appropriate recommendations or repairs.

Find a contractor

It’s better to do your research now and find a contractor that you want to work with instead of scrambling around when your roof starts to leak. Ask for recommendations from friends, family members and neighbors and look over reviews online. Call the company and make sure that they work with your type of roof and building and ask questions regarding cost. When a larger repair arises or you need someone to professionally inspect your roof, it saves time to have someone already in your contacts.

Preventative maintenance is key when it comes to the health of your roof. Catching issues early on can help avoid costly repairs or roof replacement. Although it’s hard work and takes some time, it will be well worth it when the life of your roof is extended and you are assured that you are living or working under a sturdy and sound roof.