When it comes to your home, there’s no doubt that you have a list of “to do” items around the house in need of your attention. Things like keeping the lawn mowed, expired food taken out of the fridge, the vents changed in your central air system, and so many more items that need done from on a regular basis. While these kinds of chores might seem frustrating or bothersome, they’re nonetheless still crucial to ensuring that your home is well taken care of to last a lifetime or longer. When it comes to taking care of your home, your roof should be no exception. There are a number of items you need to keep in mind for regular maintenance to ensure your roof lasts and keeps your family safe.
Inside and Out
No doubt you realize that regular visual inspection of your roof is important. Take time every once in a while to walk around the outside of your house and look at your roof to spot missing or crooked shingles, blocked or damaged venting, and any other signs of possible wear and damage on your roof. Ideally speaking, every few months, you get a closer view, either with binoculars or taking out a ladder to get a closer look. In addition to this external inspection though, it’s important to check the inside as well. Whether you have an attic or simply raised ceilings inside your home, you want to make sure you’re checking for possible leaks as well as mold that might indicate water damage to your roof. Pay special attention to areas where your roof decking is interrupted, such as your venting or a chimney, as these create greater potential for leakage. Make sure you check for any potential blockage to your roof venting as well, since this can lead to long term roof damage if not corrected. In addition to your visual review, a professional inspection by our team will go a long way to ensuring that possible issues are found and corrected early before they become more costly problems.
Keep It Clean
By its very nature your roof is going to have all kinds of debris landing on it, from falling leaves to errant neighborhood frisbees. Rain and wind will often blow these items away, but every few months, it’s important to clear these items off of your roof. Foreign objects on your roof could cause potential damage if they’re picked up by high winds in a storm and dragged across your roof. What’s more, they can provide a great starting point for mold and mildew growth. Growth of mold, mildew, or algae on your roof becomes not only an unsightly blemish on your roof, the discoloration becoming more dramatic and off putting over time, it also can cause long term damage. This growth leeches off organic material from your shingles, causing them to degrade more quickly than they should and expose your roof to further damage as this protection deteriorates.
A crucial component to your roof that doesn’t get as much attention as it should is your gutter system. Keeping your gutters clean and in good repair will help your entire house stay in good working order, but your roof will see particular benefits. If your gutter system isn’t working properly, water can get backed up and pool on your roof, exponentially increasing your risks for water damage. Leaking gutters can cause damage to your fascia and walls, which can spread to your roof decking over time. And of course, the mold and mildew growth we’ve already discussed gets kicked into hyper-drive if the roof isn’t draining correctly. Working with our partners at Cincy Gutter Boys, we’re able to offer complete protection, servicing your roof and gutters at the same time. Getting a complete cleaning and inspection of your gutters will help protect your roof and ensure you avoid potential issues, while getting a professional service ensures you have the peace of mind knowing nothing was missed.
So keep your home and family safe, whether you need a professional inspection or any other complete service for your roof, contact our team today!