You spring clean your house, so why not your roof? When you take care of your roof, it will take care of your family for years to come. If you neglect the roof, it will age faster and require replacement sooner. Learn a simple checklist so you can keep the roof clean.
Clean the Gutters
When gutters become clogged with decomposing leaves or broken branches, they’re no longer able to do their job. Over time, this leads to water damage. Clean out the gutters in early spring, so they are well-equipped to handle rain.
Inspect Your Roof
Strong winter winds can cause branches to fall, which can then damage the roof. Check things out in the spring; roof damage compounds if it’s not treated quickly. Instead of getting up on the roof yourself, walk around at ground level and look for common roofing problems such as debris or broken shingles.
Also keep an eye out for signs of mold or mildew, which can penetrate the roofing system and cause mold problems inside the home. If you catch it early, you can self-treat using mold control products, but if the problem is advanced, your best bet is to contact a professional roofer. You’ll want to call a roofer as well if your roof needs shingle repair or replacement.
Trees that grow close to the house shed a lot of branches onto the roof. Trees can also encourage moss growth by shading the roof. By trimming back your trees, you will reduce roofing maintenance for years to come. When your roof has more sun exposure, you may notice that moss is no longer a problem because the surface of the roof can now dry out after a rain.
Check for Wear and Tear
Lastly, check for general wear and tear to the roof. A typical asphalt roof will last for 20 years provided you maintain it, but you may have bought a home with a roof that wasn’t properly cared for thus not likely to last. If you notice that the roof is sagging, it’s best to have a roofing contractor look at things.
Conduct this inspection every spring and don’t delay on service if you notice problems. Our quality roofing contractor will help you keep your aging roof in good shape. To get an estimate for roof repair or replacement, contact Brandstetter’s Kanga Roof today.