When your roof is properly installed and maintained, you can expect it to last for many years without worrying about costly damage. While there are some aspects that are best handled by pros, you should also do your part to maximize your roof’s potential.
Pro Exteriors, your trusted roofing company, explains the do’s and don’ts of roof upkeep.
Do Inspect Your Roof Regularly
The best step you can take to maintain your roof won’t cost you any money. All you need to do is check your roof and ceilings often, especially after bad weather. Doing so will provide you with a better picture of what the system looks like when it’s in good shape and when it has endured damage. Some of the red flags you should look for include: curling or missing shingles, loose material around the vents and water stains on the ceiling.
Don’t Delay Repairs
Never procrastinate repairs, especially at the first sight of leaks. Small leaks can grow into bigger ones quicker than you think, which is why you should address them immediately. Furthermore, it’s important to keep an active maintenance routine. Having a contractor to fully assess your roof will help you track its health and solve issues in their infancy. If your roof is old and has recurring problems an assessment will also let you know if it’s time to prepare for a roof replacement.
Do Keep Your Gutters Clean
Although it can be easy to overlook your gutters, they are integral to your roof and your overall home’s well-being. Leaving them clogged can pose several hazards including foundation cracks and basement flooding. That said, it’s recommended to clean them at least twice a year, preferably during spring and fall to ensure that rainwater goes straight into your drainage system.
Don’t Attempt DIY
Many homeowners believe that DIY repairs can save them money. In reality, they are likely to spend more because committing a simple mistake can result in more problems down the road. Furthermore, working from height can put you at great risk. It’s always better to leave this task to the pros for your safety and convenience.