The roof is one of the most important parts of the home. Many people don’t think about the importance of this part of the house, unless something goes wrong. The roof protects the home from the elements, and serves as a shield to the house. It often faces the damaging elements head on so that the interior of the house remains free from harm and in top shape. This is the roofs job. Installing a roof the right way with a professional installation is the best way to ensure a long lifespan and prevent future corrective costs that may come with a less credible roof installation. While a good roof will protect you from the elements and keep your house dry and comfortable, there are some actions you can take to protect it and keep the roof in good shape for years to come.
Make sure the roof and gutters are clean and free from branches, nuts, leaves, and anything else that is not part of the roof. Organic material rots over time, and can spread damage to the roof if left unchecked. If there is a tree branch that hangs over the roof, consider removing the branch or else make sure to stay on top of your leaf-cleaning duty. While rotting branches and leaves can cause algae to grow, which can spread to the roof, there is also the consideration that it attracts unwanted pests and animals. Leaving matter on the roof will often cause parasitic insects to lay their eggs in the matter, which can sometimes take over the roof and make an intrusion into the attic. Raccoons, squirrels, birds, and other critters are also attracted to the organic matter, which can mean damage to your shingles. All of this can be avoided with regular roof cleaning, which will extend the lifespan of your roof.
Make sure there are never any missing or damaged shingles. Replacing a shingle is an inexpensive and easy fix, and it’s best to get to it before the problem starts spreading around to other shingles making a mess of your roof. Inspect the roof and shingles for any signs of fungus or algae, and remove it immediately. This can be fixed with zinc or lead control strips that can be purchased at the local hardware store. Clean the gutters of all excess clutter, and this will help in preventing the buildup of mold and algae. Also be sure to inspect any metal areas for rust, and clean the rust with a wire brush. Prime and paint over the rusted area, and this will prevent the rust from spreading, which can turn into fungus and algae on the roof if left unattended.
Periodically check the flashing to make sure it’s solid and there are no cracks that could lead to a leaking issue. If there is a problematic area, remove the old caulking and clean the area before resealing. Also check key areas such as chimneys for cracks in the mortar. A periodic checkup on these areas can prevent bigger problems down the road.
In areas with heavy snow, be sure not to let too much snow settle on the roof. A heavy snow load can be a challenge for any roof to withstand, and it’s best to clean it off with a snow rake if the snow persists for more than a few days.
Follow these tips and you will keep a strong roof for years to come with minimal damage in repairs.