5 Simple Tips For Protecting Your Roof
We’ve made it easy and listed the top 5 ways to protect your roof. As this is the most expensive part of your home, maintenance is highly recommended
Tip #1 Regular Inspections
First check inside your house. Look for dark or browning spots, or blistering and bubbling paint on ceilings; these are indicators of water damage. Also, check for damp spots forming near fireplaces.
Tip #2 Tree Coverage
Check your home for potential damage caused by nearby trees and other landscaping elements. A tree branch rubbing against the house can damage the roof, the siding, or even break a window. Prune on a regular basis, especially in the spring and again in late summer.
Tip #3 Remove Leaves, Moss & Algae
Moss, leaves, and algae can grow on roofs that are frequently wet and don’t receive a ton of sunshine. The sun’s harsh radiation makes it impossible for these organisms to grow, but any areas that are constantly in shade can sprout a colony of algae or moss in as little as a few weeks. These aren’t bad for your roof necessarily, but they are a sign that your roof is wet and isn’t drying out. We recommend cleaning these affected areas of your roof with mild soap and gentle pressure washer. This will also help the curb appeal of your home improve substantially.
Tip #4 Gutter Cleaning
Rain gutters are a vital part of your roof’s health. Gutters collect rain that runs off your roof and keep it away from your home’s foundation, but they can only do this if they’re clean and free from blockages that cause water to pool and build up. A completely-blocked gutter adds a ton of weight to the gutter itself, in turn damaging the eaves around your roof. An overflowing gutter also can’t effectively remove water from your roof, meaning that the materials will simply sit there and soak, resulting in warping, rotting, mold and mildew growth, and a ton of other issues that are extremely difficult to fix.
Tip #5 Insulate Your Attic
In an un-insulated attic a mix of warm air from inside and cold air from outside mixes and allows snow to melt and refreeze, also causing ice dams. Moisture, ice dams, and condensation steadily damage your roof. What’s more, is the moisture may also seep inside. If you have insulation in your attic, make sure to check it every year and replace any damaged or old sections.