How to Maintain Your Roof
How to Maintain Your New Roof
Your roof is a major purchase. Therefore, you want it to last as long as possible. Many people scoff at the idea of spending money on roof upkeep, citing it is an unnecessary expense, but the truth is that improper care of a roof can shorten its lifespan dramatically, and end up costing more money in the long run. It goes without saying that giving your roof some TLC every now and then is less expensive than replacing your roof altogether, right? Do right by your roof and follow these tips for how to maintain your new roof:
Clear your roof of debris. This is especially important if you have large trees hanging over your home. A buildup of dead leaves and acorns on your roof is more than just an eyesore; it the perfect opportunity for a natural dam to form. Dam means water, and water means leaking. Do yourself a huge favor before it’s too late by taking a broom or a blower and removing the debris from your roof.
Repair or replace shingles. It is not unusual for shingles to become warped and curl up. When it is hot out, the shingles are relatively malleable and should be easy to bend back into shape. If the weather is colder, you may need to apply heat with a blow dryer in order to soften the shingles and reshape them. Either way, curled shingles present opportunities for water leakage, so tackle them as soon as you see them. Shingles may become loose or damaged after rough weather, or even due to normal wear and tear. It is important that you replace loose or damaged shingles as soon as you notice them – again, the idea is to avoid leakage.
Clean your roof periodically. Fortunately for you, this is a job that you can put off for every one to three years. However, it is a necessity if you want to keep your new roof looking new, and free of dirt and mildew. Simply purchase a roof cleaner from any home improvement store, spray the cleaner onto the roof using an insecticide sprayer or pressure washer (set at the lowest pressure setting possible), let the cleaner soak according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and then rinse.
Keep your gutters clear. One way to prevent debris buildup and to ensure proper water drainage from your rooftop is to clean out your gutters regularly. Simply take a blower to the foliage, and then use a water hose to rinse the rest out.
There is a lot to think about when it comes to caring for your roof. Experienced professionals can help you make all the important decisions. To put your roofing project into the hands of a contractor you can trust,.