Roof Maintenance: Get Ahead of Problems by Knowing What to Look For
Although a roof can take a decade or two to degrade, you can extend its lifespan by regular inspection. Preventive roof maintenance is easy to overlook because homeowners can seldom climb up and inspect it for themselves.
But here’s the thing, your roof takes care of you, don’t you think it’s just right to return the favor by giving it at least a yearly inspection? If you are going to undertake the task yourself, it’s probably best to do so on sunny days when the roof is dry and there is plenty of light.
1. Removal Of Loose Debris
Branches, leaves and other debris can accumulate on the roof particularly during the winter season. Set up an extendable ladder for you to see the roof top and access the situation. If you need the help of another person, don’t hesitate to do so. Remove the debris and give your roof a breath of fresh air.
2. Thorough Inspection & Repair
Go check the attic and the interior ceiling for indication of seepage. This would usually look like a stain which is an unmistakable sign that water has gotten into your home. Take a look at the roof for missing shingles and examine if there are moss and mold or any loose attachments. You should also look for cracks, peeling, curling and missing granules on the shingles.
On top of that, you should also check for missing or popped nails, loose flashing and roof bolts. If you find any of these things, you should either replace or tighten them. But if you find these elements in more than one area of the roof, this is an indicator that your roof needs a replacement.
If you find that this level of damage is too much for you, you should consult with professional roofing contractors and let them determine the extent of the damage rather than taking matters into your own hands.
3. Moss and Mold Removal
If you see signs of moss and mold, spray the affected areas with moss and mold remover. Make sure to wear safety mask as this can become airborne. After the cleaner solution has done its work, brush the moss and mold with a broom. Avoid using a hard-bristled brush or power washer because this will remove the granules that are supposed to protect the shingles from UV rays.
4. Inspect Fascia, Gutters, and Downspouts
With durable rubber gloves, thoroughly remove all debris that is clogging the gutter and downspouts. Check for a build up of mineral granules (protective coating on the shingles). If they is a large build up you can be sure that the tiles aren’t being fully protected from the elements. They can wash off especially after a storm. After you have removed the debris, use a soft-bristled brush to remove all the grimes and dirt in all areas of the gutter.
After you have brushed the dirt, completely remove clear the remaining debris with a hose. After the cleanup, you can now easily check for rotting soffit and fascia, peeling paint and cracks. Make the necessary replacements and repainting.
Always remember to avoid leaning on the gutter because this can potentially damage it. If you don’t have screens on your gutter, make sure to cover it with one to reduce cleaning frequency.