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Roof Maintenance: A Little Goes a Long Way

As with many things, a little bit of maintenance can prevent a ton of expense and stress when it comes to prolonging the lives of our roofs. They are designed and constructed to last for decades, but their durability may be compromised by many different factors. Here is a good preventive roof maintenance plan.

Waterproofing Wonder

Roofs are bombarded repeatedly by severe weather, and anything that is not completely watertight could lead to costly damage to the structure of your home. When you are inspecting your roof for possible repair opportunities, check every seam and entry point to make sure they are properly caulked or sealed. Because roofs are full of holes – vents, chimneys, skylights – there are many places water could enter.

Material Care

Another key inspection point is the roof material itself. Regardless whether your roof uses asphalt shingles, clay tiles, or cedar shakes, you will need to check for missing or damaged shingles. Particularly after severe weather, checking out and repairing your roofing materials is crucial.

Caulking Crazy

In addition to possible water leakage around entry points in the roof, you should also make sure to caulk holes around nails used to secure shingles to the roof. Yes, there are a lot of potential trouble spots, but it is vital you take the time to address each one.

Storm Repairs

Tiles get blown off during high winds, and fallen trees can damage large swaths of the roof surface. Even heavy snow can take its toll on roofs if the wet mass sits on the surface for an entire winter season.

Gutters and Downspouts

After taking good care of your roof, don’t forget to spend some time cleaning out gutters and repairing any issues you find. The spring is a good time for this – after fall leaves have stopped falling and after winter snows have melted.

It is vital to maintain your roof on an annual basis. After all, it protects your family year round.


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