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Taking Care of Your Residential Roof: A Basic Guide – Part 3: How to Best Protect Your Roof

Nov 20, 2018

If you want your roof to last, you should keep it in good order. This means having good maintenance habits, which includes carrying out inspections on a regular basis, doing regular cleaning and upkeep, and fixing problems before they turn into major issues. Here’s a checklist of things you should do to ensure your roof’s longevity:

Part 3: How to Best Protect Your Roof

Regular roof inspections: Head off issues before they become a real problem by checking your roof for damage after every major weather event and also, ideally, once every season as weather conditions change. Check for insect and critter infestation – never allow critters to live in or on your roof – and kill off algae and fungi growth as soon as you notice any. Look for damaged, missing or curling shingles, and take the appropriate steps to have them replaced.

Trim overhanging branches: Remove any tree limbs that are hanging down over your roof. Broken limbs can fall on the roof or can rub on your shingles – wearing them down and damaging them over time. They can also give squirrels and raccoons access to your home.

Remove debris. Leaves and small branches can damage your roof. They can encourage wood rot and algae growth. Have your roof cleaned regularly each time you clean your gutters.

Inspect and repair seals, joints and flashing. These spots are particularly susceptible to leaks. Flashing covers entry points into your roof, so look for bending or punctures as well as dried out or loose sealant.

Repair small leaks quickly. When a roof leak develops, have it repaired right away. A leak can quickly worsen and develop into a much bigger problem.

Clean your gutters regularly. Clearing your gutters and downspouts of leaves will help get rid of moisture and keep your roof healthy. Also, check for gaps in the seams, and make sure the brackets are securely attached.

Don’t make a habit of walking on your roof. Avoid walking on your roof whenever possible. Doing so can easily to damage shingles or tiles.

Establish a regular maintenance schedule as proper maintenance will extend your roof’s life so you can enjoy decades of service without shelling out a small fortune. It’ll also ensure your home’s and family’s safety for many years.