Have you recently had a new roof installed? Are you looking for tips to keep it well maintained and in good shape? Issues with your roof don’t always involve missing shingles or roof leaks. Similar to how your car needs oil changes and regular maintenance, your roof needs maintenance too. Here are a few things you can do to extend the life of your roof:
Keep tree limbs trimmed
Tree limbs around your home act as a freeway for critters such as possums, squirrels, mice, rats, and even birds who climb on your roof. Some roaming animals like raccoons nibble and chomp on your roof leaving holes in it and causing a leaky roof during the rainy season. By trimming your tree limbs you can keep critters out and have a better chance of maintaining your nice roof.
Look out for tree limbs that rub against your roof and for pine needles and leaf buildup on the roof. It may be necessary to call out a professional to trim your trees back, but roofs are expensive to replace, so it’s worth it. Remove trees that actually interfere with your roof, as that will cause damage as well. Windy periods are particularly bad when tree limbs are too close to the roof.
Clean your gutters
Debris will build up in your gutters. You should check them annually to be sure they’re draining properly, as too much debris can cause water during the rainy season to build up and that could cause your roof to cave in, or water to seep into your interior drywall or siding. Clean out your gutters, not only to keep them from weighing down and eventually detaching from your home, but also to keep your house dry.
Take a periodic walk around your property to keep an eye on your roof. Check the exterior of your home, visually inspecting from the ground up to see if anything looks out of place on your roof so you can handle repairs promptly. Keep an eye out for missing shingles, debris buildup, damage from trees and dark spots that mean rotting and corrosion are occurring. If you are proactive about keeping your roof in good shape, you won’t find yourself having to replace it.
Call a professional
It’s tempting to want to take care of issues yourself (for all you DIY’ers) but it’ll save you money in the long run to call a licensed professional to inspect your roof if you suspect critters have been occupying it, or too much debris has built up, or if tree limbs need to be trimmed.
Posted on March 18, 2016 at 11:13 pm by Debby Bright