Are you worried about maintaining your roof? We can understand why. Roofs are a costly part of your home, and no one wants to have to replace the entire thing. Luckily there’s plenty you can do to maintain your roof for a long time, if you’re looking to avoid shelling out a bunch of dough to replace it, that is. Here’s 5 quick ways to ensure your roof is well-maintained.
Keep your gutters clear
Yeah, we know no one likes cleaning the gutters out; it’s a real chore, but it goes a long way. Top notch, clean gutters are important for maintaining your roof’s structural integrity. If you keep your gutters clear of debri, there’s no excess moisture buildup. Water will flow freely into the gutters, off of your roof, and down the drain. Your gutters are there for a reason and roof problems inevitably arise when they aren’t working properly.
Always keep your roof clear of debris
If anything manages to find its way onto the roof, promptly get the ladder out and remove whatever happens to be up there. Debri on the roof will add extra weight and weaken the area around it. This weak spot may eventually sink, which will lead to a collapse. Heavy rainfall or melting snow will pool in this concave spot. From here, it’s only a matter of time before the roof comes crashing in. Nip this issue in the bud and work towards keeping a clean roof.
Deal with moss buildup
Every roof has some level of moss buildup, but you need to make sure that it doesn’t get out of hand. If you start seeing large clumps, get up there with the pressure washer and take care of those immediately. Moss buildup is just as bad as debris; it’s extra weight that the roof shouldn’t have to support. It will only get worse during the winter too, because the moss will soak up rain and thus get heavier and heavier. Deal with it when it’s warm out, so you’re not sorry when it’s cold.
Make sure your attic is properly ventilated
Quality ventilation is key because it will decrease moisture buildup on the underside of the roof. You need to make sure air flows out of the house instead of sitting in the attic. Your vents should have screens on them too; this will make sure that small animals like birds or mice can’t get in and eat away at the insulation. Also, if your vents are small and aren’t providing adequate ventilation, then go out and purchase a ventilation fan to keep it dry up there.
Finally, cut away any overhanging tree limbs
We’ve all seen it on the news: big storm, tree snaps in the wind and comes crashing through an unsuspecting roof While a single tree branch might not look or seem very heavy it can still do plenty to your roof. A big enough branch that’s positioned just right, and you’re in for a whole mess of problems. Do yourself a favor and deal with any offending tree branches before they cause more trouble than they’re worth. If you have any other questions on how to maintain a healthy roof, contact us today or give us a call at 206-542-6692