The first step in maintenance is to inspect your roof.
Early spring and fall are good times to check your roof and prepare for the weather that season changes usually bring.
With a careful eye, you can spot problem areas that may be in need of attention.
Step 1: Ground Inspection
The first step in roofing inspection starts from the ground. Start around the edge of the house and check to see if any shingles are missing or curling.
This can be a sign of an old, aging roof, especially during cold weather. Check the flashing of the home and inspect to see if there are any cracks or rust spots.
Looking around the gutters can also be an important point of inspection. If you find broken shingles or piles of grit from asphalt tiles, that could indicate a problem on your roof.
Step 2: Roof Inspection
From on top of the roof you can further inspect for problems.
You may notice missing or broken shingles. These can be simple to repair, but you don’t want to wait until a greater problem develops.
Also check for any fungus, algae, moss, or mold. These can be problematic and cause rotting and leaks.
With metal roofs or metal areas, look for any rust or cracks or gaps in seals. Another step in roof maintenance is to look for cracks around any seals, including chimneys and vent areas.
Other areas of inspection include looking for branches or debris on the roof, which can trap moisture, clog gutters, and cause mold or algae to grow.
You can sweep these off to prevent any problems. Also, look for branches from trees over the roof that may need to be trimmed to prevent damage.
Taking the proper steps for roof maintenance can ensure a problem-free roof for a long time.
If you do find problems outside of your realm of expertise, don’t be afraid to contact a professional to help you.