Your roof is arguably the most important part of your home as it helps keep you, your family, and all of your possessions safe and protected from the outside weather. However, even the most well-constructed roof won’t last forever as eventually the wear and tear will require you to replace or repair your roof.
Fortunately, there are several things you can do in order to lengthen the life of your roof. By paying attention, you’ll be able to catch problems before they become costly disasters.
Here are some roof care tips to help your roof last longer.
1. Inspect Your Shingles
One of the most important roof maintenance tips is to inspect your shingles and roof sealant from time to time. If you don’t, you may not be able to tell that there is a problem until it’s too late.
You’ll want to keep an eye out for any damage and/or missing shingles. You’d also do well to watch for any moss or algae growing on your roof, as these can compromise the integrity of your roof if left to their own devices.
If you do find any damage and/or missing shingles or sealant, you’ll need to act fast. You can do it yourself or hire a professional, so long as you are solving the problem sooner than later.
2. Clean Your Gutter
Any time that your gutters are clogged with leaves or other debris, you are risking damage to both your roof and your home. When a gutter becomes clogged, it can cause water to slip underneath your roofing structure where it will begin to cause damage.
Cleaning your gutters ensures that water can effectively drain from your rooftop, which can help make your roof safer and last longer.
You’ll also want to clean any leaves or debris off of your rooftop as well, as they can trap moisture.
3. Trim Overhanging Branches
Trees can be beautiful and great for your property, but when they grow too close to your home, that can be bad news for your roof.
Not only will overhanging branches allow leaves and other debris to accumulate on your roof, but they can also cause severe damage should they fall on your roof—after a severe storm, for example.
If you notice that you have overhanging branches, it’s best to trim them.
4. Hire a Professional
Spotting potential problems for your roof can be very difficult, especially if you are unaware of all the problems a roof can experience. For this reason, it isn’t a bad idea to get a pair of expert eyes to help you.
Hiring a professional to do an inspection can allow you to easily catch problems before they become more severe as the professional will know what to look for. If your roof has become damaged in any way, a professional can also ensure that the damage is repaired and that your roof will last much longer.
Learn More Roof Maintenance Tips
At DMG Exteriors, we have more than ten years of experience helping to maintain roofs and we’ve seen it all. Contact us today if you want to learn more roof maintenance tips or more about us.
If you are in need of professional roofing services, contact us as soon as possible so we can help protect your home.