Roof Care Tips
A new roof is one of the biggest investments you can make in your home. Follow these steps to maximize its life expectancy and get the most out of your investment.
Stay off the Roof – It is important to remember that traffic on your roof should be kept to a minimum as shingles are brittle, especially in extreme hot or cold temperatures. Instead of walking on the roof, use a pair of binoculars to get a closer view of the roof surface. You also expose yourself to possibly falling and causing serious injury or death. If you must see the roof for yourself use a firmly-braced ladder equipped with rubber safety feet and wear rubber-soled shoes. Stay on the ladder as much as possible.
Inspect Your Roof – In the late fall and early spring, look for loose shingles, shakes or tiles. On shingle roofs look for curling, fraying and tears that could compromise the shingles. If you have asphalt shingles, they should be replaced when the mineral granules along the top surface disappear. When you start to see black felt, call your local professional and get the shingles replaced. Check for holes in your gutters. If you install an antenna on your roof, make sure to seal any holes you may have made. Make sure that all gutter joints are properly sealed. Don’t forget to check the flashings around chimneys, vents and skylights. They should be tight and in good condition. If you see any of these signs of wear, call a professional contractor for a more thorough inspection.
Clean Your Roof Periodically – Dirt and dust that often accumulates on your roofing and will accelerate the deterioration of your roof. By removing dirt and dust from your roof, you can prolong the life of your roof. Algae, moss and mildew can trap moisture and shorten the life of your roof. Soaking the affected area with a diluted chlorine bleach solution, then pressure washing can be effective in removing these damaging growths. To prevent shingle damage it is recommended to use a pressure washing contractor that specializes in this type of removal.
Keep Gutters and Downspouts Clean – Remove leaves, sticks and any other debris while keeping trees trimmed away from your home.
If you follow these simple guidelines you should expect your roof to protect you and your home for many years to come!