Routine roof maintenance is imperative when protecting the investment of your roof. Your home’s roof deals with daily exposure to weather and harsh elements that can not only greatly reduce the life of your roof but could potentially void your roof warranty.
If you just made a huge investment in a new roof, now it’s time to be pro-active and take care of it. Proper maintenance can help extend the life of your roof even if it isn’t new. Your roof should be inspected annually. During the fall and spring are good times to scan the roof for potential problems, and after a major storm that involved hail, high winds or flying debris. Even if your roof was just replaced, hail can damage a roof enough that it needs to be replaced. So, roof maintenance is mandatory for homeowners.
These are a few quick roofing maintenance tips to watch for on your home:
- Discolored streaks may mean you have mold or fungus and can cause deterioration that can cause leaks.
- Damaged or missing shingles can make your roof vulnerable to the elements.
- Excessive amounts of shingle granules in the gutters – granules give the shingle extra weight and protect the shingle from Ultraviolet rays.
- Shingles that are buckled, curled or blistering – also soft spots can mean plywood damage.
- Overhanging trees are nice for shade, but their leaves can cause damage to your roof and even clog up your drainage system.
- Search for conspicuous damage – sometimes there are damaged elements on our roof that stand right out.
- Inspect Your chimney from the ground – look around the chimney for damage or discoloration or loose material.
- Search Your ceiling inside your home for any water or brown spots – this could means you could have leak damage somewhere.
Please keep in mind if doing a roof inspection yourself:
- Never get on a wet/ icy roof.
- Make sure your ladder is on solid and level ground.
- Inspect the ladder for any damage before getting on it.
- Extend the ladder 3 feet beyond the gutter and angle it 1 foot back from the house for every 4 feet in eave height.
- Always use both hands when climbing the ladder.
- Make sure and have a partner at ground level hold the ladder for you, while you climb.
- Wear proper safety gear such as a helmet.
If you spot any damage or are unsure about the condition of your roof, let the professionals at Cedar Crest Construction take care of any roof damage repairs and inspect your roof up close for an accurate assessment of what needs to be maintained or repaired. We always give free roof inspections and estimates. Call us today for roof maintenance!