Roof maintenance is an integral part of being a homeowner. You may not think much about it until something happens, and damage occurs. Every year, millions of homeowners in the U.S. replace their roof, likely because of damage or because it has reached the end of its lifespan.
Today, you’ll discover everything you need to know about roof maintenance to ensure your roof lasts a long time.
Roof Maintenance Checklist
To help you identify and prevent damage that could be a nightmare for your wallet, here are five things to put on your roof maintenance checklist.
Check shingles often. Maintaining a roof shouldn’t be a major chore, but it’s a good idea to check your shingles often, especially after a major storm or high winds. Grab a pair of good binoculars and check your shingles and see if any potential problems could include:
- Missing shingles - Cracked shingles - Curling shingles - Missing granules - Peeling flashing
If you see any of these signs of damage, contact a reputable roofing contractor for a professional inspection.
Get an expert roof inspection. Yes, you could just use your maintenance checklist right in front of you, but getting a professional inspection enables a roofing contractor to identify any potential problems you may not have seen. Since all they do is roofs, they may see an underlying issue before you do. Also, a professional can give you a rough idea of your roof’s condition and how long you can expect it to last. It’s a good idea to get an inspection every year so that problems can be caught early.
Look for attic and ceiling leaks. Finding water stains on the interior of your home can mean you have water damage. Look for these signs: water stains on your ceiling, spots on the exterior walls, building patches on interior walls, and musty odors in certain rooms. If you observe these signs, call in a professional to fix the leaks.
Clean your roof. The most important item on your checklist should include cleaning your roof. You will start to see long, dark streaks from peak to eave when your roof needs washing. This means you have algae growing, and it can eventually rot your shingles. To eliminate these plant-like nuisances, use a 50 percent mix of water and bleach, which will quickly kill the algae. To prevent future outbreaks, install copper strips just beneath your roof’s peak. The rain will cause the copper molecules to stream down your roof and kill any algae wanting to make a comeback.
Clean your gutters. Another important tip to ensuring your roof stays in good condition is to power wash your gutters. Getting rid of any clogs prevents water from seeping under your roof structure and causing more than just water stains. We recommend cleaning out your gutters twice a year, spring and fall.
Ready for Expert Roof Maintenance?
To ensure your roof gets a full inspection and isn’t harboring any problems that could be costly, contact We Do Roofing SLC, and allow us to perform professional maintenance on your roof. We serve Salt Lake and surrounding areas and can schedule you an appointment, so call us today.