A new roof is a big investment, and regular roof maintenance is key to ensuring that it has a long and serviceable life spent protecting your home and family. Whether your roof is at the beginning or end of its life span, it’s important to keep it in tip-top shape so that it will last as long as possible. You can do this by routinely performing simple maintenance. This could save you thousands in the long run by preventing early roof replacement and costly roof and gutter repairs.
Maintain clean gutters. Gutters tend to be out of sight, out of mind for many homeowners, who don’t realize the amount of damage that can be done by overflowing gutters that are blocked by layers of leaves, twigs and other tree debris. Not only can the backed-up water seep under the shingles and leak into the interior, it can also cause damage to the exterior of your home as well as the foundation. Regularly cleaning the accumulated leaves and debris out of your gutters isn’t a pleasant task, but it is a necessary one if you want to avoid unnecessary damage and repairs.
Keep tabs on the trees. Branches hanging low over your roof are hazardous for several reasons. An overhanging branch could easily fall onto your roof during a severe storm or when weighed down by heavy ice and snow. Branches can also rub against the roof, dislodging the protective granules from your shingles. In addition, they provide rodents and other pests ready access to your roof, where they can cause damage by gnawing or nesting. All of these issues can easily be avoided by having a professional safely trim back all branches near your roof by at least 10 feet.
Avoid ice dams. When your home isn’t properly insulated, warm interior air can rise up through the roof in the winter, causing any snow on your roof to melt and refreeze at the edge of your roof, forming damaging ice dams. Having the right amount of insulation in your attic will prevent this from happening. It’s also a good idea to use a rake to carefully clear off heavy snow and dislodge any ice that forms within three or four feet of your gutters.
Keep an eye out. One of the simplest things you can do to protect your roof is to stay abreast of its condition. Take a few minutes periodically to walk around the perimeter of your home and perform a visual inspection of the roof from ground level, particularly after strong storms. Keep an eye out for missing shingles, make note of excess shingle granules, and look for damaged gutters and loose gutter brackets. For a closer inspection, use a pair of binoculars to examine roof flashing for damage and check for curled, cracked or missing shingles.
Get Help From the Pros
A roof replacement costs thousands of dollars, and it’s something you want to avoid as long as possible. By diligently performing regular roof maintenance, you’ll be able to avoid costly repairs and premature roof replacement. The next time you have a roofing need, give Muth & Company Roofing a call at (614) 682-3060.