The Roof is Your Home’s First Line of Defense
Harsh weather conditions like scorching sun, heavy rains, hail, and high winds can do a lot of damage to your roof. Without proper maintenance, minor roof damage can lead to costly repairs, and possibly the need to replace your entire roof.
To avoid premature roof replacement, it's important to inspect your roof for damage at least twice each year. It's best to do an inspection once in the spring after harsh winter storms have passed, and once in the fall after summer sun and heat have ended. This way, you can accurately assess damages and decide whether it's best to repair or replace your roof.
Roof maintenance is often ignored, but small problems with a roof can lead to very costly repairs. Roof repairs can cost you thousands of dollars, so taking the time to do roof maintenance at least twice each year is well worth the effort. Here are some maintenance tips that will help to prolong your roof’s lifespan:
Remove Loose Debris
Tree limbs and branches, leaves, twigs, pine cones, tree needles, and trash can cause roof damage if left on your roof too long. Wet leaves and debris create the perfect conditions for algae, mold, moss, and mildew growth, especially in shaded areas. They trap moisture and water that weakens roof materials and leads to roof rot.
Remove Moss and Algae
Use a cleaner and a gentle brush to remove moss and algae growing on your roof and in your gutters. Moss and algae can create mold and mildew under and around shingles. It harbors excessive moisture and bacteria that can cause your gutters to rust and cause your attic to develop mold, mildew, and musty odors.
Trim Tree Branches
If you have overgrown tree branches that are hanging over the roof, trim them to prevent damage and keep small critters away. Small animals like squirrels, chipmunks, rodents, and even raccoons often get to the roof by traveling along overhanging tree limbs and branches. They can damage your shingles and build a nice, cozy home in your attic.
Check for Damaged Shingles
Inspect your roof for damaged shingles. Look for shingles that are cracked, broken, buckling, curling, blistering or missing. If you find curling, peeling or shingles that are lifting in more than one area of the roof, this can indicate that the roof is nearing the end of its lifespan and may need to be replaced. Contact an experienced roofing contractor about materials and costs of roof replacement.
Check Your Flashing
Examine the flashing and make sure it’s solid. If you see signs of damage, remove all of the old caulk, clean the area thoroughly, then apply new caulk to the flashing. If you see any cracks in mortar around chimneys and joints, seal them with new caulk to prevent further damage.
Regular roof maintenance and speedy repairs can help you avoid costly roof problems. Roof maintenance is a preventative action that can save you money and prolong the lifespan of your roof. Whether you do it yourself, or call DFW Improved to do a thorough inspection, it’s essential to keep your roof in good condition. If you need repairs, take care of them right away. If you need a new roof, talk to us about your roofing options and costs.