Your home is a large and important investment that you want to maintain and protect from damage. From mowing the lawn to painting walls and completing renovations, you spend a lot of time, energy, and money on your home. A major aspect of your home’s structural integrity is the roof, and as such it is especially important to make sure it is in good condition year round. So what can you do as a home owner to maintain your roof? The following roof maintenance tips are simple enough, but it is always recommended that you work with a qualified roofing professional, especially if you are uneasy about heights or you lack basic carpentry skills. Still, without further ado, here are some tips for maintaining your roof.
Remove Excess Water
Your roof protects you and your family from the elements, and it’s especially important when it comes to keeping rain and snow away. However, standing water can cause significant damage to your roof so you need to keep excess water away. Always check your gutters and downspouts to ensure they are free of debris that prevent them from draining properly. Also, trim overhanging tree branches that drip water and shed leaves into gutters.
Say No to Moss
Moss on your roof is more than just an eyesore; in fact, the root-like structures in moss can damage shingles and cause them to lift and separate from your roof. Trimming trees so they don’t overhang the roof will prevent moss growth as moss prefers shade. You should also treat your roof with moss killer at the first sign of moss growth.
The insulation below your roof helps to reduce heat loss and gain throughout the seasons, but it also helps to protect your roof. Properly installed insulation should leave no gap between the house and roof as extreme temperature changes between the house and the outdoors can cause water condensation on the underside of your roof. This will potentially cause significant damage to roofing structures. It is also recommended that you install a layer of vapor retarder beneath the insulation for added protection.
Regular Roof Inspections
Your roof is certainly going to suffer from wear and tear over the years. Ideally, you want to find and repair any problems before major damage results. As such, your roof needs to be professionally inspected at least once a year. Ultimately, you want to work with a professional because they are much more likely to discover minor problems that are easy to repair now but may become major repairs in the future. Moreover, professionals are safe and confident when working on roofs.
Ultimately, a solid, well-constructed, and well-maintained roof can last upwards of 25 years. Make sure to keep your roof in good condition and always work with a professional roofer to ensure the life and integrity of your roof.