8 Tips for Preventing Leaks and Damages to Your Roof

When was the last time you examined your roof?

If you are like most homeowners… unless there’s clear damage, or you see a leak… most aren’t actually aware of the condition of their roof.

If you want to experience the full lifespan of your roof and materials…stay on top of the following 8 maintenance tips!

1.   Avoid Walking on Your Roof

Avoid walking on your roof as much as possible, and use a ladder to clean gutters and leaves.

2. Leave Roof Vents Open

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Allow ventilation even in the winter. In the summer months, good ventilation prevents buildup of damaging heat and moisture.

3. Trim your Trees

Tall trees pose a problem if there’s a windy day or a large storm. To be safe, trim your trees so they don’t rub up against the roof and leave debris behind. The average cost to trim trees and shrubs is $638, with most homeowners spending between $422 and $707. 

4. Clean your Gutters… Often

This is almost a given…

…but you would be surprised how many homeowners don’t do this.

Leaves, twigs, and litter can collect in and around the gutters…

… as well as in valleys, gutters, and downspouts.

Over time, as the debris obtains and holds moisture…your roof can be put at risk of serious underlying damage. 

5. Check for Interior Damage

Check the upper floors of your house…including the attic.

There might be signs of damage including…

  • Water saturated decking and structure components
  • Stained or moldy wood
  • Off colored ceiling spots and moistened Drywall
 

6. Loose Material

Some common areas where seepage can occur are chimneys, vents, counter flashing, Solar panels, satellites, and skylights.

Check to see that there are no cracks or breaks in any of sealant, lead pipe boots, rubber zipper boots, or other components in and around all areas of concern.

7. Moss and Mildew Buildup

Visible dark steaks are a good indicator that algae may be adhering to your roof.

If you see these…wash them off with water and bleach, followed by a low-pressure rinse from your garden hose. High pressure is not recommended, as it will remove the granules from your shingles…resulting in a shorter lifespan of your roof. 

It is much easier to remove mold and mildew in small amounts than after it becomes excessive and built up. 

If you notice moss, mold, fungi, or even plants residing on your roof…it could be a sign of trapped moisture. Enough water collecting in one area, also known as “pooling”…could put the roofs structure in danger of caving in, or a collapse. DO NOT use course material, or stiff brushes to attempt removal of any of the above findings. This can also damage the shingle, or shorten your lifespan. 

If you are unable to view or maintenance your roof or attic, call a local roofer to examine the areas in question. It is important to make sure there are not more underlying issues before more damage is done. 

8. Ponding or Pooling

More commonly found on flat or low sloped roofs, water can accumulate in any unlevel areas.

Ponding might be a sign of serious trouble… and repeated Pooling could lead to more heavily saturated decking, and its underlying components.

It’s important after heavy rains to examine your roof!

Any standing water can be removed with a soft push broom or a leaf blower. When standing water is visible, it is highly recommended to photograph the areas of concern. Call a roofing company ASAP, and schedule for an inspection. If the company is able to come out, and it has not rained when they are available… You will have the photos to show them the areas that you are concerned about.

Conclusion

Roof maintenance doesn’t have to be as frequent as other homeowner responsibilities and tasks, however…

…it is something that’s important for extending the life and quality of your roof.

If after visually inspecting your roof, you suspect roof damage is the case… DON’T WAIT!

The sooner it is taken care of, the less the damage will spread, and the fewer expenses the homeowner will encounter.

A.J Wells Roofing & Construction offers FREE inspections and FREE estimates!

Better be safe than sorry, and better sooner than later. 

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