Whether your roof is years old or brand new, there are things you need to do to make sure that it is kept in good condition for the longest possible time. Keep in mind that a new roof is a costly proposition that can hit you up for as much as $36,000. It is only natural for you to protect your investment. Even if you have had your roof for several years, regular roof maintenance will make sure that it is good shape so you don’t have to replace it before it reaches the end of its life span. Provided below are some of the most basic tips to help you get the most from your roof.
Clean The Gutters
If your gutters are clogged, you will notice that the paint on your sidings have been ruined and your basement is wet. Not only that, the overflow may also go upward and cause the roof sheathing and roof rafters to rot. Fixing these issues would mean you have to spend thousands of dollars. But you can avoid that by cleaning your gutters during fall and spring. You can either do it yourself or hire a professional roofing contractor. The prize you have to pay if you hire an expert will be based on the size of your house.
Get Rid Of Leaves
In case you have a basic peaked roof that is surrounded by low landscaping, your roof will remove leaves on its own. However, if the roof is more complex or if towering trees are close to your home, pile of leaves will most likely build up in your roof valleys or near the chimneys. If you ignore them, the leaves will trap moisture and slowly decompose, allowing moisture to build up in your roof or worse, encourage weed growth.
In case you have a one-story house and a low slope roof, you can use a soft car washing brush placed on a telescoping pole to pull the leaves down. You can also use a roof leaf rake or a leaf blower.
If the leaves are too deep or too wet, you will have to wash them off using a garden hose. It is not advisable to use a pressure washer, because it can force water up under the shingles.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Tree trimming is another preventative measure that can help keep moss and leaves off our roof. Abrasion from leaves and limbs that come in contact with your roof can damage the shingles eventually. Apart from that, overhanging branches can give rodents and squirrels access to your roof. These little critters love to gnaw on roof and siding. To make sure they don’t have access to your roof, branches of nearby trees must be 10 feet away from your roof. In case that is not possible, use a sheet metal bank to wrap the trunk of the closest trees so you can prevent these pests from climbing.
Look and Listen
If your area recently had a big wind or hail storm, or if you have heard scurrying on your roof in the evening, check your roof right away to make sure that everything is intact. Search for curling, missing, or loose shingles, damaged flashing near openings like skylights, chimneys, and vents. If you find something wrong, ask a North Myrtle Beach roofing contractor from NMB Roofing Pros to inspect your roof as soon as possible. Most roof issues are fairly easy to repair but if you ignore them and water gets in, the damage as well as the cost will surely increase.
Call Florence Roofing Experts if you need help in maintaining your roof. Our team can also handle roof repair, installation, and replacement jobs.
Florence Roofing Experts
2117-B W. Palmetto Street #103
Florence, SC 29501