Performing Roof Maintenance
Your roof is a complex part of your home. While it may look simple, there are many aspects to make a safe and efficient roof. Plus, roofs, like many other parts of your home, require regular maintenance in order to function.
While roofing repairs and maintenance often require a licensed professional, there are some maintenance tasks you can perform on your own.
While nothing substitutes a professional inspection, a do-it-yourself inspection is a great alternative to make sure your roof is in good shape. Take a look at all sides of your home to check for damage. Common damage includes:
- Broken or missing shingles
- Dislodged gutters
- Stuck debris
- Holes or cracks
You should make sure to check on your roof after major storms as this is the most likely cause of exterior damage. Untreated damage will only get worse, so regular inspections will ensure that you catch issues early and can address them.
You can also take steps to clean your roof periodically in order to prevent the risk of future damage. Leaves, branches, debris, toys, or anything else that has found a home on your roof should be removed. You can simply use a hose to wash any leaves or dirt off. If you have a tall ladder, you can grab any debris within reach. Just make sure to be careful while on the ladder!
You should also take care of your gutters, as they can be easily clogged or damaged if not monitored properly.
Aside from basic maintenance duties, you should also have maintenance and inspections performed by a trusted roofing contractor. An inspection will ensure all aspects of your roof are in working order, including shingles, flashing, vents, gutters, and more.