There are two kinds of homeowners – those who do all of the preventative maintenance necessary to help save money and time and those who wait until a problem develops to actually deal with it. When it comes to your home’s roof, which type of homeowner should you be? The answer should be pretty simple – go for the preventative maintenance.
Why Should You Bother?
Do you wonder why you should take the time every month maintain your roof? Those little tasks make a big difference in several areas.
- Routine Maintenance will extend the life of your investment and lower the life cycle cost of your roof.
- Failure to maintain the roof may result in early deterioration of the roofing system.
- Repairs for deterioration from lack of proper maintenance are very costly and puts interior valuables at risk.
- Untreated deterioration can result in guarantee cancellation.
- Better maintenance means catching a problem early, and that often means the difference between a brand new roof and a simple repair.
- Finally, the more you maintain your roof, the better your property value. If you’re going to sell your house, you want it to look amazing, and a few maintenance tasks now and then can do just that.
What Should I Do?
Keep a file of all records relating to this roof including…
- Inspection Reports
- Repairs and Maintenance Bills
- Original specifications and invoices
Conduct Routine Inspection
- At least twice per year, typically in the Spring and Fall.
Clean Your Gutters Regularly
- Clogged gutters may mean water is forced back under your shingles, and that can lead to real damage quickly.
Trim Overhanging tree Branches
- They cannot only scratch the surface of the shingles, but they could also fall and damage the roof.
Inspect After Severe Weather
- Always inspect the roof for damage after severe weather such as hailstorms, heavy rains, high winds, etc.
- All roofing repairs must be performed by a reputable roofing contractor.
- Make repairs following current repair guidelines for the type and quality of the roof installed.
- Address non-roof related leak areas.
Keep Roof Clean and Debri Free
- Always remove debris from roof… such as leaves, branches, dirt, rocks, bottles, etc. and debris and trash from other trades, etc.
- Keep gutters, downspouts, drains, scuppers, and the surrounding roof areas clean to ensure proper drainage.
- Install Gutter Filter (to eliminate water back-ups)
- Regularly examine your roof for algae growth, deteriorated flashings, and damaged shingles.