Most of the time, homeowners don’t think about their house roofs until something goes wrong. However, a little proactive maintenance can help extend the life of your roof and prevent costly damage. Here are some tips from Turner Roofing to help keep your roof in the best condition.
Clean the gutters
Without cleaning, gutters can become cogged, causing water from rain or melting snow to back up and cause leaks and other damage to house roofs. Clogged gutters also can cause damage to the home’s landscaping and foundations. The accumulated leaves and other debris also create a potential home for pests and mold.
Clean your gutters at least once a year, or more often if trees hang over the roof of the house. Use protective equipment, like rubber gloves and a stable ladder. Make sure you also clean the downspouts.
Perform basic house roof inspections
A visual inspection of your roof can help you spot problem areas before they become major issues. To save time, you can do this while cleaning the gutters. Check for signs of wear, including missing or damaged shingles or loose flashing. Check the shape of the roof for any sunken areas.
If you notice excessive debris, such as tree branches and leaves, it may be best to make the effort to clear it off to keep it from damaging the roof.
Check sealing in house roofs
If the roof’s flashing (the material that covers joints and valleys and surrounds chimneys and pipes) looks loose, you can remove the old caulk and reseal it. If you notice cracks in the roof’s mortar or other caulking, resealing it can help prevent leaks and other issues.
Because of the danger related to roof work, you may want to leave this task to the professionals. If you choose to do it yourself, however, be sure to check any areas where water might seep through, including gaps or holes made by nails. Check the rubber collar around the plumbing vents, as it may become brittle or deteriorate from exposure.
Get professional care for house roofs
Don’t want to risk your home’s roof–or your own safety? Call in the professionals! If you notice issues with the roof of your home, contact Turner Roofing to get it taken care of quickly.