Roof Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Must Know

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Just like any other part of your home, your roof needs the highest level of care and attention. Roofing leaks can destroy your valuables and cause serious damage to your property.

Thankfully, there are steps that you can take to keep your roof in great shape.

Inspect the attic

When it comes to roof maintenance, homeowners tend to overlook their attic. But inadequate attic ventilation can lead to leaks and damage. Inspect for blockages in the soffit vents and louvers or ridge vents as these can result in harmful heat and moisture buildup. This, in turn, can soak the insulation and damage rafters and shingles. In some cases, the intake vent can experience clogging, so make it a point to check and clean your ventilation system thoroughly.

Other signs of moist buildup in the attic include mold, algae growth on the interior plywood, and rust on the roof structure. These symptoms can also thrive in gaps and hidden corners, so it’s best to have a trained eye examine your attic.

Take care of roof flashing

Your roof flashing consists of all the metal and vinyl pieces used to link various parts of your roof, including vents, chimneys, skylights, and junctions. They’re a common source of a roof leak, which is why they need to be tightly fitted and weather-resistant. Keeping your roof flashing strong and sound will prevent water from dripping into your home.

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Examine your flashing for holes or gaps where water can seep in. Fix bent, loose, or damaged parts using hidden fasteners and self-drilling metal screws. Any delays in flashing maintenance can lead to more expensive repairs down the road.

Clean the gutters

Gutters are responsible for directing the water away from your roof and interiors. Unfortunately, they’re prone to clogging due to leaves, dirt, twigs, branches, and other outdoor debris buildups.

Clogged gutters can cause water to pool or back up under the shingles, which can result in leaks and damage.

Inspect your gutters and ensure they’re properly secured to your home. Schedule a professional cleaning at least once a year will help prolong their lifespan.

Pay attention to nearby trees and branches

Bushes and trees that are located too close to your home can pose certain risks to your property. While they can create shaded areas, they can also scratch and dent the roofing material. In severe weather, trees can damage windows and cause debris buildup in your gutters, increasing the chances of clogs.

Trimming all your trees and bushes regularly will keep these risks at bay. At the same time, removing any heavy branches overhanging your roof will keep your property intact.

Your roof is your primary defense against natural elements. Maintaining its good condition is integral to keeping your home safe and sound. The best way to protect your roofing is to have it professionally inspected. An expert can identify and repair existing issues you may not even be aware of. Having a comprehensive roof maintenance plan will reduce risks and prevent more expensive fixes in the long run.

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