Preventative Roof Maintenance
Every owner of a home wants to get the most out of their property, including their roof. Regular preventive maintenance on your roof will make it last longer and save you money long-term.
You might be surprised to learn that while a roof accounts for only 10% of what it costs to build a new home, 90% of your future maintenance expenditures will be spent on your roof. Your roof could last for years beyond its initial warranty period if you have it inspected and maintained periodically rather than wait for something big to go wrong.
The most common items to look for are:
- Rusted flashing
- Cracked or missing caulking around skylights or chimneys
- Bare spots on asphalt shingles
- Missing or damaged shingles or other surface material
- Curled or buckled shingles
- Paint peeling on eves or overhangs
Along with exterior inspections, be sure to take care of these regular maintenance items to make your roof last longer.
Clean out the gutters on a regular basis
Gutters are a fundamental piece to keeping your roof dry. Water from snowmelt and rain will be funneled by your gutters to the ground safely. A factor that can cause your roof and fascia to rot is if your gutters are clogged and water pools on your roof.
Remove dirt from your roof’s gutters at least two times a year. A sure sign that it is time to replace your roof is that when you find a lot of loose gravel from your asphalt shingles down in your gutters.
Trim your trees to lower the risk of damage
Large trees make lovely backdrops to homes and houses, but at the same time they can be a potential source of damage to your roof. Large limbs can break off and fall onto your roof, causing serious damage. On top of that, leaf build-up can lead to moisture getting trapped underneath.
Replace broken or missing shingles
Over the years, asphalt shingles undergo wear and tear that can cause them to become too thin, or to loosen and fall off. Gaps in your roofing cause leaks and rotting due to moisture getting into the gaps and building up. You can mitigate these problems by replacing worn or missing shingles as soon as you can.
Reseal and caulk around vents and pipes
Openings such as pipes, vents, skylights, and vents make your roof susceptible. To reduce moisture damage, be sure to seal your roof around these parts with roofing tar or caulking.
If you can’t decide if periodic maintenance is for you, we’ve come up with a list of benefits that can help you make your decision.
Benefits of Routine Roof Maintenance.
Some of the most important reasons for performing preventive roof maintenance include:
- Extending the life of your roof
- Reducing the need for re-roofing or total replacement
- Maintaining your construction guarantee
Our company believes in providing great customer service. That’s why we are willing to answer any questions you may have. For more information on preventive roof maintenance or if you would like to have a roof inspection, get in touch with an expert today and head on down to the Contact Us section.