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How to Maintain Your Home’s Roof

Keeping your roof in good shape can help prolong its life. With regular inspections, timely fixes and roof maintenance, you can catch problems while they are still small and save money by avoiding more extensive repairs. You can do a visual inspection yourself by getting up on the roof or by using a pair of binoculars from the ground. However, in addition to looking over your roof yourself, it is a good idea to hire a professional to get up on the roof about once a year to thoroughly check for damage. Here is what you should look for when you are inspecting your roof.

Loose Shingles, Tiles

Damaged shingles and tiles should be replaced as soon as you notice them. You can often see a missing shingle from the ground, but to catch loose or damaged ones, someone will probably need to get up on the roof for a closer view. Neglecting this repair could lead to leaking and further damage.

Remove Moss

In some climates, moss is a problem and can wreak havoc on your roof. Remove moss in the fall with an application of moss killer that is designed specifically for use on roofs. If your roof has dead moss, you or your roofing maintenance company can remove it with a broom.

Watch Out for Leaks

Repairing a small leak before it becomes a big one can save you from a lot of headaches. Here are some early signs that your roof is leaking.

  • A dark mark on ceilings
  • Water marks on water heater or furnace venting pipes
  • Water marks or damp areas along a fireplace
  • Undersides of overhangs have peeling paint

Daily Roof Maintenance

In addition to regular inspections for damage, certain roof maintenance tasks need to be performed regularly. Keep gutters and drainage systems clear to prevent moisture buildup and the damage it causes. You may also need to periodically waterproof you roof’s vents and flashings.

Periodic inspections and roof maintenance protects your investment, and with regular, small repairs, you can prolong the life of your home’s roof.


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