Your roof has one of the most important jobs of any structure in your home, yet it often goes unnoticed or ignored until there is a significant problem. Preventive maintenance and routine upkeep is critical to avoid major structural problems. Here are some roof maintenance tips to keep in mind that can help you prolong the life of your roof.
Trim Those Trees
Some of the most common issues we see in damaged roofs are a result of low hanging trees. A strong wind or storm can easily knock low hanging branches onto your roof, causing shingles to come off—or worse, holes in the roof. Even when the weather isn’t extreme, the constant rubbing and scratching of branches on your roofing materials could cause damage over time. Tree trimming is a simple fix that can prevent roof damage.
Gut The Gutters
Gutters clogged with leaves and debris can cause water to back up and build up on your roof, which can eventually leak into your home. Clearing out your gutters after a rainstorm can help prevent roof leaks. While you’re up there, check to make sure your gutters and drain systems aren’t saggy or damaged.
Insulation & Ventilation
While cleaning gutters and trimming trees are relatively simple and obvious ways to take care of your roof, proper insulation and ventilation aren’t always as easy to spot. Ensure that your roof can “breath” and that it is adequately ventilated so moisture and heat can escape the roof. This can help prevent rot in the sheathing or rafting.
One way to do this is to make sure the roof is adequately insulated. Do you have a gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor or something to slow down the movement of vapor towards the ceiling? These things can significantly improve the quality of your roof while allowing air to move freely through the attic.
Look For Leaks
After a heavy rainstorm, head up to the attic and check for water damage and leaks. If you check each time, you won’t be caught off guard by a massive water leak after a storm. Catching leaks early allows you to fix the problem and prevent more significant roofing issues.
Pay Attention To The Shade
The sun gets a lot of attention for being the cause of deterioration of a roof, but the shaded parts of your roof need to be managed too. The elements of your roof that are typically in the shade can become a breeding ground for algae or mold, which, over time, can weaken your roof.
Trust The Repair To The Experts
Some home maintenance issues fall into the “I’ll get to that” category, but your roof should not be one of them. Routine inspections and maintenance on your roof can keep your roof in prime condition and prevent major damages.
Whether you just need a roof inspection or there are more significant repairs to be made, call Homewerx today. We are leading residential roofing contractors in Charleston, SC with over 15 years of experience. Bonded, licensed, and insured, we are also an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor offering competitive warranties and financing options.