In today’s fast paced world maybe every homeowner doesn’t think often enough about their roof. A roof is one of those long term investments that we can take for granted. It keeps us warm and dry! Putting a little extra time into roof care each year will not only extend the life of your roof but it will save you money, in the long run.
Clean your gutters
Of course, how dirty these lovely accessories get depends on what part of the country you live in and what you have growing around your home. If your home is surrounded by tall, leafy trees then you need to clean your gutters regularly. If there isn’t a tree for miles then maybe check out your gutters once a year. Cleaning them is important in roof care. If your gutters are overflowing because they are clogged then water is running onto your roof and this will cause those shingles closest to the gutters more wear and tear. The weight of the heavy, un-cleaned gutter also stresses your roof out.
Remove Leaves and debris from your roof (This includes snow for states that get snow)
Anything lying on your shingles will cause them to degrade and the weight of heavy debris and/or snow is wearing on your roof.
Get rid of moss
Moss is just toxic to your roof. This invasive stuff grows under the seams of the shingles and lifts them up causing an uneven surface and this allows water to get in where it should not. After removing moss with any number of top rated moss killers and a pressure washer or stiff broom you then need to spray moss prevent solution twice a year or more depending on the amount of rain you get. In really rainy areas you can sprinkle dry laundry soap generously over all the surface of your roof to prevent moss but warning: this will cause bubbles to dribble off your roof when it rains!
Trim overhanging tree limbs
For obvious reasons, the tree limbs can fall and damage your roof line. Dripping water from tree limbs will erode your roof. Also, trees have leaves and the less in your gutters, the better.
Remove “Ice Dams”
Removing snow often will help prevent too much ice from building up. Do not pry off ice that has already formed as this may damage your shingles. Ice forming often on your roof will cause wear and tear and eventually leaks in your roof.
Look and listen
After a hail storm or if you hear creatures scurrying on your roof, make a quick shingle check. Replace damaged shingles as fast as you can to prevent further damage. Patching your lost or damaged shingles efficiently can extend the life of your roof.
Your roof is one of your costliest investments in your home so take good care of it and make roof maintenance a habit. It’s like rotating your tires; the more often you remember to do it the longer your “tires” will last and save you money for more fun things.
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