Your roofing is a very important part of your home, and you should want to make sure it’s protected.
Even though roofs naturally last a long time, you can make sure to get the maximum years out of their life by doing preventive maintenance.
This is a very simple and easy way to keep your roof in top condition, We’ve listed a few that you could do on your own, and others that take only light work from a professional.
Trust us, your roof will thank you.
Preventive Maintenance Starts with an Inspection
This is the easiest roofing maintenance that you could possibly do.
A couple of times out of the year, you should go around your house and check the condition of your roof.
Take your time and look for problems such as torn or missing shingles, exposed fasteners, a damaged drip edge, or sagging gutters. Speaking of which…
Get Your Head [in] the Gutter
Your gutter is one of the most important parts of your roof, and it should be treated as such.
Make sure the gutters are cleaned periodically to keep trash from clogging them up and doing their job.
If the gutters are not cleaned, they will trap water, which will damage the gutters and your roof. Take care of it before that happens.
It’s Trimming Time
People are really surprised to find out that they can prolong the life of their roof by simply pruning the yard.
By trimming the branches off of trees close by your home, you drastically reduce the chance of them destroying your roof.
Think about it. If you have tree branches that are long enough to reach your roof, and a strong storm blows your way, there is a good chance that branch could invite itself into your home via a hole in the roof.
Cutting back branches makes sure the chances of that happening are reduced to a minimum.
Beware the M-word
Yes, that four-letter word that sends shivers down every homeowner’s spine: mold.
Mold can grow anywhere in or around your house, so if you really want it gone you’d do well to give your home a full inspection.
If you’re seeing mold or even algae on your roof, it’s obvious that you have a moisture or ventilation problem.
Make sure to remove natural debris like leaves and sticks from the roof and keep your attic properly ventilated to reduce the chance of seeing these unwelcomed guests.
Check the Insulation
Insulation doesn’t just keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter; it takes care or your roofing as well.
Your roof also “sweats” in the heat by attracting unwanted moisture, and it can get “cold” in the winter and suffer from ice damage.
By having reliable insulation, your roof is protected from the effects of harsh temperatures, helping them last longer as a result.
Need a Hand? Call in the Pros
Doing preventive maintenance on your roof is a good way to prolong its life, but sometimes repairs are necessary.
We can help with that.
At Willamette, we know all about roofing repairs and replacements. We specialize in many things, including roof cleaning, roof restoration, and even entire roofing repairs.
Give us a call to see how we can help you with all your roofing needs. We look forward to hearing from you.