Roof Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know
A healthy roof means a healthy home. When cared for the right way, your roof will help to prevent water damage, foundation problems, and a range of other issues. As the typical cost to replace a roof ranges from $5,560 to $11,420, it is important to keep this structural element in good working order for as long as possible. Here are a few tips to try when it comes to roof maintenance.
Checking Your Shingles
Schedule an inspection once a year, and make any additional inspections after a major weather event; the likes of rain, wind, or even the sun’s UV rays can result in damage. Inspect your roof for signs of damage on a regular basis, if you do see missing or damaged shingles, replace them as soon as possible. Keep the branches of trees that are around the roof trimmed and clear leaves, twigs, and other debris away.
Inspect From the Ground
If you don’t have a tall ladder, you can do an inspection from the ground. If you have a drone, even better, you can use this to check the roof without having to use a ladder. Failing that, use a pair of binoculars and look at your shingles to determine if there are any missing, curling, cracked, or lost granules. If you see do any of these issues, call a professional as soon as possible to come and inspect the damage.
Cleaning Up Debris
Regularly clear any leaves, branches, and other kinds of debris off the roof. You should never use a power washer to do this. Always hire a professional to come in and do this for you.
Cleaning the Gutters
Leaves can block gutters in time, which will prevent them from doing their job. This could be disastrous for your home foundation, which is much more expensive to repair than investing in a ladder, some gloves, and a trowel to remove the debris. You should clean your gutters, and the downspouts twice a year, in the spring and the fall.
If you would like to speak to someone about roof maintenance, please contact Afrim Roofing of Scotch Plains at (908) 445-6665 now if you live in the Scotch Plains, NJ region.