Taking care of your roof will ensure that both your roof and your home last as long as possible. However, many homeowners are unsure of how they should be taking care of their roofs.
We’ll be breaking down what you should be doing to maintain the quality of your roof and ensure that it lasts for years to come. While not every roof or roofing material is created equal, there is a lot that you can do to keep your roof fully-functional.
Let’s dive into these roof maintenance tips!
Check Your Shingles Regularly
We’ve talked about storm damage a lot on our blog, but we can’t stress enough how important it is to ensure that you check on your shingles regularly. When the weather is calm day after day, and nothing more than the occasional breeze or single cloud blows over your home, you won’t have to worry about your roof being damaged. But, if you experience storms, high winds, or hail, be sure to get out and check your home for any potential storm damage. When checking for storm damage, here’s what to look for:
- Missing Shingles
- Curling Shingles
- Cracked Shingles
- Dented Shingles
- Peeling / Loose Flashing
- Missing Granules
If you find that you have damage, reach out to your local roofing contractor right away. If issues like those listed are left unattended, your roof may begin to leak over time.
Get a Professional Roof Inspection
A professional roof inspector is going to be able to spot things that you might not how to look for. So, instead of wondering whether or not your roof is in good condition, reach out to us at WISA for a free roofing inspection. We won’t charge you to assess your roof and will determine whether it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Wash Your Roof
Washing your roof is a great way to help extend its life. Over time, your roof may start to look dirty and develop long dark streaks that run from the peak to the edge. Those dark streaks are from algae growing on your roof. The algae isn’t going to damage your roof immediately, so washing it off isn’t always urgent. But, to remove the algae from your roof, you’ll need to spray it down with a 50% water and bleach mix.
After you’ve washed it down with the solution, consider installing copper strips on the peak of your roof. When it rains, copper will run down your roof and keep the algae from growing.
Clean Your Gutters
A lot of roofing leaks and damage to the interior of homes comes from clogged gutters. When gutters become clogged at the downspouts or in other areas, they will begin to fill with water. That water can work its way up under the shingles and cause the roof deck to rot. Additionally, the edging along your home and siding can experience water damage as well. If the gutters are left clogged for too long, they will eventually begin to tear away from the house due to rotting wood that’s stayed consistently moist from gutters that don’t drain properly. Other damage that can be caused by clogged gutters includes:
- Flooded basements or lower levels
- Washout around the foundation of the house
- Damage to the pain both on your gutters and on the home
Cleaning your gutters at least once a year plays a huge role in maintaining your roof and ensuring that it lasts for years to come. If you feel that your gutters continue to become clogged regularly, consider looking into gutter guards to help prevent them from becoming clogged.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Overhanging branches and trees pose a considerable threat to the security of your roof. Not only can they damage your roof or destroy your home by falling on it when there is a storm, but they can damage your entire house over time. Trees or branches that come in contact with your roof when it’s windy can scrape granules off of your shingles and can rip sheets of shingles from your roof.
If a branch does fall on your house, do your best to remove it so that it doesn’t cause further damage by blowing around in the wind. Be careful when walking on your roof at any time but especially if it’s wet from the rain, dew, or snow. Also, be sure to contact your roofing contractors to look at the roof after removing any debris. They’ll be able to tell you if there is any lasting damage to your roof.
When something does go wrong with your roof, be sure to get it repaired. One of the best things you can do for roof maintenance is to continue making sure everything is kept up. You should never leave your roof in a damaged state; instead, quickly make the repair to ensure that no further damage is incurred before it gets fixed. Roof repairs can be extensive or straightforward and quick, depending on how long you wait to get your roof checked by a professional.
When ice dams build up during the winter months, they put undue stress on the edge of the roof and can cause it to become comprised. One way to keep ice dams from building up is to remove the snow from your roofline before it can melt and cause an ice dam. Another way is to ensure that your house is adequately insulated.
If you have ice dams that need to be removed, be sure to reach out to a professional so that you can ensure that your roof is in good condition when the spring rains start to fall.
If you require any roofing related services, we’d love to hear from you. WISA is a reputable roofing provider in the northern Virginia area, and we’d love to talk with you or come out and inspect your roof. Reach out today!