Your roof is an integral part of your home and as such, it deserves special care. But what does regular roof maintenance include?
Keep reading to find out how you can keep your roof in tip-top shape for years to come.
Why Maintain My Roof?
It’s important to maintain your roof not only for longevity but for your own safety as well. Your roof protects you from the elements and keeps both heat and air-conditioning in your home. A damaged roof can lead to a host of issues including rust, mold, and even health concerns. A properly installed roof can last from 15 to 30 years if well maintained, however, lack of care can dramatically shorten your roof’s lifespan. Because of this, the upkeep of your roof can save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Additionally, if you plan on selling your home in the near future it’s imperative that your roof looks its best. Your roof is a part of your curb appeal, and if it looks grimy or dilapidated that could deter potential buyers.
A good place to start on roof maintenance is by removing any loose debris on your roof, including any branches, leaf piles, stray frisbees, or other random items. You can do this with a stabilized ladder and the help of a friend or neighbor.
Use a cleaner specifically designed to remove mold and moss. After following the instructions on the cleaner, use a soft-bristled brush to gently scrape away any residual mold or moss. It’s important to use a light hand when cleaning your roof because tough scrubbing can remove granules that protect your shingles from the sun.
Wearing heavy-duty protective gloves, remove any debris that may have lodged itself in your gutters over time. After the gutters are clear, gently wash away any remaining grime with a soft-bristled brush. Avoid leaning on your gutters while you clean them, as this can weaken their hold on the roof.
Give your roof a thorough inspection every year so you can spot any issues early on. Look for moss, mold, cracking, peeling, or missing granules, shingles, or roof bolts, and try to repair any of these ASAP. If you’ve got missing or curling shingles in more than one place it could be a sign it’s almost time for an entirely new roof.
Be sure to check the weather forecast before you begin working on your roof in any capacity. It’s best to pick a day when the roof will be dry to prevent any slippage.
Let We Do Roofing SLC Help
If you haven’t been able to keep up with your roof maintenance, it may be time to repair or replace your roof. Contact We Do Roofing SLC today to get expert help. We offer all different colors of asphalt, cedar, and slate roofing to suit your unique style, and we take pride in doing beautiful, high-quality work. We serve the Northern Utah area, from Salt Lake City to West Valley and West Jordan.