3 Things You Need to Know About Your Roof’s Maintenance

When it comes to roofs, many homeowners tend to forget they need some TLC until something goes wrong, usually significantly. However, the longer you go without maintaining your roof, the more likely you are to need more costly roofing repairs. Thankfully, there are three simple ways to help maintain your roof that aren’t difficult at all.

1. Get an Annual Inspection

Getting an annual inspection is one of the most important things that you can do to help maintain your roof. Most roofers recommend getting an inspection in the spring and once again before winter to ensure that nothing is damaged during extreme seasonal storms. Getting these inspections can also help identify small problems before they become larger and more expensive to fix. Homeowners will annually spend around 1-4% of their home’s value on repairs and maintenance, with the percentage increasing as a home ages. To help keep these costs down, catching problems before they grow is essential.

2. Keep Your Gutters Clean

Having your gutters regularly cleaned is another thing that you’ll need to do in order to keep your roof in good condition and avoid roofing repairs. This is because water can back up in cluttered gutters and cause the fascia to rot. This can be quite an expensive problem to fix, but fortunately, it is easy to avoid. If you’re not keen on having your gutters cleaned often, investing in gutter guards may be something to consider.

3. Watch Out For Moss and Algae

Moss and algae can be major problems for roofs, and they can cause damage to your shingles if allowed to grow unabated. You can help prevent this growth by keeping your attic properly ventilated, removing debris if it falls on your roof, and trimming any overhanging tree branches. If you already have moss and algae, you can spray moss remover on the affected areas, and brush it away with a soft broom or brush. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this yourself, you can always hire a roof cleaning service to take care of the issue for you. Taking care of this now can save you from a lot more roofing repairs in the future.

Although you may not give much thought to your roof until something goes wrong, maintaining it now can save you a lot of stress later on. If you haven’t had a roof inspection this year, consider calling a professional roofing company before winter sets in. You don’t want to risk having a weak spot made weaker by a build-up of ice and snow that could result in a leak when you’re least expecting it. Avoid roofing repairs later by being a proactive homeowner now!

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