Preventative Roof Maintenance
Every homeowner wants to maximize their investment in their home including the roof. With some smart preventative roof maintenance, it’s possible to get the biggest benefit out of your roof as well as save money.
Industry statistics show that a roof accounts for only 10% of the cost of building a new home but 90% of ongoing maintenance costs over the years. Conducting periodic maintenance and roof inspections can prolong the lifetime of your roof.
The most common items to look for are:
- Cracked or missing caulking around skylights or chimneys
- Bare spots on asphalt shingles
- Missing or damaged shingles or other surface material
- Curled or buckled shingles
- Rusted flashing
- Paint peeling on eves or overhangs
There are certain regular maintenance tasks that, combined with periodic exterior inspections, will extend the useful life of your roof.
Clean out the gutters on a regular basis
Your gutters are essential in making sure your roof is weather-tight. Rain and melting snow will flow from your roof and into the gutters, where it will run safely to the ground. Clogged gutters cause water to pool on your roof, causing the fascia and roof to rot.
We must actually try clearing our gutters regularly. Loose gravel in your gutters is a sure sign of shingle degradation, which may necessitate replacing your roof.
Trim your trees to lower the risk of damage
Trees can create a beautiful backdrop to your property but they can also create a significant threat to your roof. It’s not unlikely that large limbs overhanging your roof can break off and fall onto it. Dead leaves could trap moisture on your roof if built up too much.
Replace broken or missing shingles
As regular asphalt shingles age, they are susceptible to wearing thin or loosening and falling off. Any gaps in your roofing allow for moisture to build up, causing leaks and rotting. To maintain the integrity of your home’s roof, it’s important to replace any missing shingles without delay.
Reseal and caulk around vents and pipes
Openings such as skylights, chimneys, pipes and vents make your roof vulnerable. Make sure you close gaps and reduce moisture infiltration around these components with caulking or roofing tar.
If you are still on the fence about routine maintenance, we have provided a list of benefits for you to learn more from.
Benefits of Routine Roof Maintenance.
Some of the most important reasons for performing preventive roof maintenance include:
- Extending the life of your roof
- Reducing the need for re-roofing or total replacement
- Maintaining your construction guarantee
Our company strives to provide excellent customer service by answering any of your questions. If you would like to learn more about roof maintenance or have your roof inspected, be sure to see our Contact Us page to get in touch with a specialist today.