Like other parts of a house, the roof needs regular maintenance to keep it in pristine condition. Start the new year off right by utilizing our tips below on how to maintain the roof. This will keep your home and family safe from different elements of the different seasons throughout the year and save you time and money from always having to fix it.
Roof Maintenance Tips:
01. Fix the Issue As Soon As It Occurs
The most important part of keeping your roof in good condition is regularly checking and fixing it as soon as you notice any damage. Don’t wait to fix those small issues because they have the chance to grow into bigger issues.
The longer you wait, the higher the chance of the damage becoming more significant. More complex issues will require a more expensive repair and, possibly, a whole roof replacement.
Look for signs such as leaks or mold on the wall and missing or loose shingles. We also recommend inspecting your roof every 3 to 6 months, but if there is extreme weather, such as storms or strong winds, make sure to check it afterward because there’s a chance the storm could have caused damage.
02. Take Extra Measures to Protect It
Besides keeping an eye on the condition of your roof, taking extra measures to protect it is essential to giving that additional protection to your roof.
For example, install roof ventilation to control moisture and prevent water damage. You should also ensure your house drainage system works well before seasons such as winter. The snow will turn into water. If you don’t have effective drainage, that water can seep into the roof and eventually inside your home, causing further damage.
Lastly, if you live in an area surrounded by large trees, trim some of the branches so that it doesn’t fall on the roof. Falling trees can definitely cause severe damage.
03. Know Your Roofing and Understand When It Might Time For a Replacement
How strong and long your roof can last depends on many factors, such as the climate you’re living in and the type of roof you have. In addition, different materials are more durable than others. Therefore, they generally have a longer lifespan. For example, concrete tile roofing can last longer (50 to 100 years) compared to wood shingles (25 to 30 years).
No matter which type of roof materials you have, they all need regular maintenance for maximum lifespan. A stronger roof material will only do its job if maintained properly.
To learn more about roof replacement and different roofing materials, read our piece on How Often Should You Replace Your Roof.
04. Have it Evaluated By a Professional Periodically
While it’s true you can check the roof’s condition by yourself, we strongly suggest having professionals come periodically to evaluate your roof. This is because professional roofers have the knowledge and experience to know exactly what to do with different roofing materials and conditions. They can also give you valuable tips specified for the type of roofing you have so that you can learn how to take care of your roof better.
Lastly, going up to the roof yourself and thoroughly inspecting it can be dangerous. The professionals have all the proper tools to go up there in the safest way possible.
When you’re ready to have your roof inspected, be sure to contact us. At JP Roofing, we have a professional team prepared to help maintain your roof in the best possible way!