Maintaining your roof system can be a simple process, so long as you stay “on-top” of it. Here are some helpful tips of what you can do as a homeowner to keep your roof in shape, as well as what to look for when it’s time to call in a professional .
Keep The Water Flowing
Keeping your gutters and downspouts clear is extremely important for the health of your roof. To check if your gutters are clear, try running a hose through them to make sure the flow is good. It is important to make sure they haven’t been blocked by leaves, children’s escaped toys, or even small animals creating a backup.
Trust The Pros
Homeowners should never climb onto their roof – that’s what the pros are for. Have a skilled technician perform an annual inspection to determine the roofs overall condition and identify issues they may see being a problem in the future. This is what they do, all day, every day. They know exactly what to look for to keep your roof system working at its best.
Lay A Good Foundation
What is underlayment? Well, it’s just about the most important part of your entire roofing system. The water-resistant barrier material is installed directly onto your roof deck under all other roofing materials. Underlayment also serves as an added layer of protection from severe weather. Some villages require at least 3 feet of underlayment, while others require 6 feet. It also has varied levels of quality. Do you know what’s on your home? (Learn more about underlayment.)
How’s The Air Flow?
Having proper ventilation is an integral part of your roofing system and has an important role in extending the life of your roof. Many times shingles that are cracked or curled could be signs of poor ventilation. This is an issue that can usually be solved without needing to replace the entire roof.
Be On Lookout For Leaks
A big indicator for leaks is discoloration on the wood in your attic. It’s important for you to identify any issues as soon as they are discovered. Leaks should be taken care of before the winter months. If you see a leak, make an appointment with a technician to come out right away to help avoid further damage to your home.
About once a month homeowners should do a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Try standing as far back as necessary to help give you a better view of your roof. You should look for any major debris or defects that are visible from the ground. Do an alignment test by stepping up to where the plane of the roof lines up with your line of sight. If you spot any buckled or curled shingles, or any lifted flashing, it’s time to call a professional.
We are happy to provide our neighbors with maintenance packages, starting as low as $99, to help prevent a small problem from becoming a big issue. Schedule an appointment today to have an expert come out to assess your roof and make sure your home is properly equipped to protect you from leaks.