Your roof is the most important structural component of your home. If something were to happen to it, your home and budget would be in big trouble. Roofs are built to last for decades, but it’s important to realize that you should be using the following five tips to ensure your roof is maintained properly:
- Protect Your Roof from Fallen Debris
Trees are the main culprit here. Most roofing companies stay in business because of roof damage due to fallen trees. You should thoroughly inspect all areas around your home for trees that could damage it if they were to fall. Pay close attention to overgrown tree limbs. Often times, they go unnoticed and wind up causing severe roof damage. It’s recommended that you take the necessary steps to get rip of trees and limbs that could cause problems. Cut them yourself or hire a professional tree cutting service. It might cost you some money, but the amount will be incremental compared to the cost of a roof repair or replacement.
- Prepare for Bad Weather
Almost every part of our country experiences some form of bad weather that can damage roofs. Strong winds, hail, rain, or snow can all take their toll on your roof. The key to being prepared for bad weather is too properly inspect your home and yard after bad weather passes. Walk around and look for any shingles or pieces of shingles that might have fallen off your roof. If you find some, contact a roofing company to professionally inspect and possibly repair your roof so that your roof is ready for the next band of bad weather.
- Clean Moss and Mold
Moss and mold can cause serious damage to your roof if left untreated. Mainly, shingle deterioration. Because moss and mold are organic material eating organisms, they will feed off your roof’s shingles until they completely deteriorate. You can make sure this doesn’t happen by spraying a moss/mold removal solution on areas of your roof where moss and mold streaks are present. If you can’t get rid of the moss and mold in this manner, it’s recommended that you contact a professional roofing company. Never try to power wash your roof to get rid of moss and mold, as this also damage shingles.
- Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can make your roof susceptible to water damage. It’s recommended that you thoroughly clean them every six months and after bad storms. Clean the entrances and exits of downspouts and flush them to make sure they’re draining properly. If they’re not, contact a gutter cleaning company.
- Inspect Flashing and Caulking
Most homeowners overlook this aspect of roof maintenance. Flashing is what connects your skylights and chimney to your roof. Bad weather can cause this piece of metal to be ripped loose and leave your roof susceptible to mold and water damage. Inspect your flashing after bad weather. If it’s loose or broken, you can tighten or fix it. Also, inspect caulking around the same area. If it’s old or damaged, you should scrape it off and apply a sealant.
If you need help with your roofing maintenance, call Best Cincinnati Roofing.