Five Roofing Maintenance Tips You Didn’t Know You Needed

As a homeowner, you need to be looking after every area of your home and one of the main places to take care of is your roof. Keeping your roof in top condition should be a top priority for you and for that to happen you need to be regularly inspecting and cleaning it day after day. 

Your roof has to deal with the weather, harsh elements and changing temperatures, which means that they’re often an onslaught of attack on your. Even if your roof has been there for a while and has seen better days, there are so many ways that you can maintain it so that you don’t have to worry about premature replacement or costly repairs. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the roofing maintenance tips you didn’t know you needed.

Check your gutters.

The first place to check to make sure that your roof is in good condition is your gutters. If you don’t have any gutter guards then check out these LeafFilter locations to know where to get yours. Without gutter guards, you’re going to be dealing with gutters that are full of debris and junk, which is helping the water system to stop draining and it’s going to back up into your roof causing damage.

Damage on your roof is not always observable from the ground, so make sure that you are checking the gutters first and checking the water flow at the bottom of the gutters.

Look for missing roof tiles.

Climbing a ladder and checking to see whether or not any of the tiles on your roof is missing may not be what you have planned for Sunday, but if you want to avoid costly repairs, it’s what you need to do.

Extreme weather events can take a massive toll on your roof and it can cause tiles to shrink or crack. Heavy storming and winds can rip them off the roof entirely. Making sure that you call in a professional to come and do a full inspection of your roof at least once a year will help you to keep it in good condition.

Trim back those overhanging trees.

As pretty as they look and as shady as they make your garden. Surrounding trees and branches, hanging into your gutters and brushing your roof can cause a lot of damage over time. In high winds especially, you may be dealing with broken tiles or broken guttering. You might need professional help with this one, so call in the tree arborist to come and do an inspection.

Do an internal inspection of the attic.

A visual inspection inside your attic will tell you whether or not there’s any roof leaks. Water stains on the ceilings, darker patches on the exterior walls, and bulging patches on interior walls can show you that there is a leak happening. If you spot any water damage signs then you need to contract a professional roofing company straight away.

Get your roof inspection done.

Most roofers suggest a professional inspection every couple of years, but an inspection can increase your chances of finding any issues and preventing them from getting worse. Go for a yearly inspection if you need to. 

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Barb Webb. Founder and Editor of Rural Mom, is an the author of "Getting Laid" and "Getting Baked". A sustainable living expert nesting in Appalachian Kentucky, when she’s not chasing chickens around the farm or engaging in mock Jedi battles, she’s making tea and writing about country living and artisan culture.
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