Right now is peak roofing season and you’re going to want to know how to maintain your roof if you’re looking into buying a new one. If you have been thinking about doing your roofing project, now is the time! Whether or not you are getting a new roof this summer, it’s important to know how to maintain your roof. A well-maintained roof is a reliable one. Proper roof maintenance can help increase the longevity of your roof, and keep it looking good in the process. Lack of maintenance can age your roof more quickly and may force you to get a new roof sooner than you want.
Here are five easy ways to maintain your roof:
1.Trim and Track the Trees.
If you live in a wooded area, it’s a good idea to watch for large branches and trim them back regularly to maintain your roof. High winds and violent storms can easily dislodge branches from trees, sending them crashing into your roof. Depending on how extensive damage is, this could mean a costly repair or complete roof replacement. This is why it is so important to keep up with cleaning to maintain your roof.
2. Gutters: Clean Them.
Gutters are meant to carry small debris and rainwater from your roof to the ground. Especially during the fall, gutters can get clogged up with leaves and other debris from trees. When this happens, this water and debris gets backed up in your gutters, which can cause rot even if you otherwise maintain your roof. With nowhere to go, this trapped water eventually rots through the fascia (the board that holds your gutters to the edge of your home) and can cause significant damage. Getting your gutters professionally cleaned even just twice a year can help prevent this type of situation from happening. How often you get your gutters serviced may depend on how heavily wooded of an area you live in.
3. Check Insulation.
Roofs are meant to keep heat in and moisture out. Your insulation plays a huge role in helping manage how energy efficient your home is. If the insulation in your attic space is falling apart, you could unknowingly be letting in moisture, and also losing money due to bad installation. Keeping up with insulation maintenance is anther great way to maintain your roof.
4. Keep Moss and Algae to a Minimum.
Moss and algae growth can both stain a roof and be detrimental to that roof’s structural integrity. These growths can deteriorate shingles, letting moisture inside and causing water damage, and can lead to wood rot. Left unchecked, moss can completely overtake a roof. Since removing moss and algae can be time-consuming and dangerous, it is usually best to hire a trusted contractor to remove them for you. Professional roof cleaning with Achten’s Quality Roofing ensures that these eyesores are effectively removed to prevent future damage to your roof.
5. Invest in Regular Roof Repairs
Just like a car, roofs require regular checks by professionals in order to remain in pristine condition. Regular, professional maintenance checks help you catch small issues before they become bigger issues. Even though there are some things that you can check on your own, a trained professional’s eye will be able to identify even the smallest potential issue and help address it before it gets out of hand. Regular roof checks also help save you money in the long run by identifying what can be repaired in order to avoid total replacement.
To schedule a maintenance appointment, fill out our contact form online or give us a call at 253-539-7663. If your roof needs cleaning, let our team at Achten’s Quality Roofing help. In addition to being GAF certified, our staff offer Moss & Algae Roof Cleaning Services, as well as other commercial and residential roof cleaning services.