You might assume a roof needs attention only when it’s damaged or leaking. The reality is that proper maintenance may help prevent that damage. It’s as simple as doing some of your own roof upkeep, including simple inspections and gutter maintenance.
Choose a day once or twice each year to inspect your roof. If you’re comfortable climbing a ladder, you can see your roof up close. If not, you can do a relatively thorough inspection from the ground using binoculars. Minor repairs, like a cracked or missing shingle, may be easy for you to handle yourself. However, you may want to leave larger or more complicated issues for a professional roofer. Either way, make sure you review the manufacturer’s warranty before you have any roof work done (even an inspection), to keep your roof under warranty. Look for:
Gutters guard the structural integrity of your house by channeling water away from its foundation, but they also protect your roof. Gutters keep water away from roof shingles and prevent ice dams, which form when the snow melts on higher levels of your roof and freezes as it runs down the colder shingles, an issue that’s as bad as having standing water on your roof.
Proper gutter maintenance is one of the most important ways to prevent serious water damage to your home. Fortunately, most homeowners can fix gutter clogs, the most common gutter problem, themselves. If your gutter is clogged, water may sit on your roof and cause leaks. It’s a good idea to check gutters twice per year and after big storms.
To start, use caution to climb up to examine the top of your gutters. From there, work in small sections to scoop up debris along gutters and downspouts, then drop the waste into a bucket or onto a tarp below. Clogs are clear if you can run garden hose water from the roof to the ground below. Be sure to call in a roofing or gutter professional for more stubborn clogs or if you’re uncomfortable on a ladder.
Streaks and stains on roofs are typically caused by algae, moss, or lichens, which grow in humid climates. These creepers can shorten a roof’s lifespan by holding moisture against the surface, causing pitting, and feeding on the shingles, all of which can lead to problems as they sprout and darken.
The chance of roof damage goes way up following a severe storm. Be sure to call in a professional roofer if you see any of these signs.
Before any work begins, be sure to research the details of your warranty. In some cases, manufacturers' warranties remain valid only if specially certified contractors make repairs. Contact the experts at National Contractors, Inc. to submit a proposal for your next project. We are an industry leader offering unsurpassed general construction services to community associations, condominiums, management companies, engineering firms, residential and commercial property managers.
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Source: Courtesy of GAF