As a homeowner, participating in the maintenance of your roof becomes a necessity. You have to be attentive to its condition, performance and needs, to ensure the roof lasts your home for a long time. But don’t worry, you won’t have to climb your roof or hire a stunt double to keep a check on it. Here are five easy ways in which you can maintain your roof and know when you need to pay for roof maintenance services.
1. Clean your gutters
Your gutters are a part of your home’s roofing system. Clogged gutters collecting rotting leaves or water and snow will cause significant damage to your roof as well. It is best to keep cleaning your gutters at short intervals to keep them clear of any debris and prevent major blockages in the drain.
2. Look for leaks
The safest way to check on your roof is by looking in the attic. If you can easily access your attic, check it’s ceiling for any leaks or water damage. If your roof has cracks or leaks, the water can seep into your interior walls and cause major structural damage. If you spot any water damage in your attic, call a trusted contractor and have them fix the issue as soon as possible.
3. Clear all snow
This is an important part of roof maintenance, especially flat roof maintenance and repair. If snow collects easily on your roof, you can hire someone or buy the equipment to keep clearing it off. The weight of the snow can lead to your roof collapsing or cause water damage.
4. Check your shingles
Cracked shingles are how water can seep into your roof and then the interior structure. Leaving cracked shingles on your roof can save you some money at the moment but could cost you a lot of money if your roof sustains heavy damage. Take a ladder to your roof and keep giving it a quick once-over to check for any broken or cracked shingles. You can also get in touch with a local roofing company who does shingle roofing installation to maintain your roof for you.
5. Get an inspection
Getting your roof inspected on a regular basis can help you get ahead of any major problems that require repairs. You can negotiate a maintenance contract with a roofing company near you and they can help you keep your roof in good shape. They’ll tell you if you need rubber roof coating, some water resistant paint or any other additions to keep your roof safe.
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With over 35 years experience in the roofing and siding industry, Michelle Hynes has built a business from 2 people into over 45 people and 19 trucks!