The roof is your home’s first line of defense from the elements. Because of this, your roof gets more abuse than any other section of your home. Regular maintenance can help prevent problems, or identify small problems before they turn into bigger ones.
Here are a few tips that can help keep your roof in top condition:
- Inspect your roof in the spring and fall. Look for missing, damaged or curling shingles and other signs of wear and tear. Replace damaged or missing shingles.
- Don’t forget the underside of the roof. Look in the attic for signs of leaks or mold. Make sure your roof is properly ventilated. Don’t worry if your attic is cool in the winter – the cooler temperatures keep heat and moisture from building up, which can cause rotting and buckling. It also prevents ice dams from forming.
- Keep your roof clear of debris. The debris can damage the shingles and prevent rain water from running off the roof.
- Clean your gutters and downspouts to allow proper drainage. First clear the gutters of any debris, then flush the downspouts with a hose.
- Trim any trees that are overhanging the roof.
- Look for signs of fungus or algae. If your roof is starting to collect moss or algae, install zinc or lead control strips.
- Check areas with mortar and caulking for signs of wear. Reseal any damaged areas.
- Inspect metal areas for rust. If there are areas of rust, wire brush the rust then prime and paint the metal.
Taking a few preventative measures can keep your roof in good shape and extend its life.