Taking Better Care of Your Roof

attic windowsIf you want your roof to stay in good shape for as long as possible, it’s important to take care of it. One simple way to take better care of your roof is to learn basic maintenance. Get started with these tips for roof care.

Check Your Roof Regularly

In the spring and fall, climb up on your roof to check things out. Remove any debris on your roof, from branches to fallen leaves. Clear out your gutters so they work properly. Since your roof can be slippery when wet, work on a clear and sunny day when no rain is forecast.

If you see loose shingles, loose flashing, or rusting hardware, have a roofer fix things. If you wait to fix roof problems, your roof could start leaking.

Have Your Roof Inspected Annually

Even if you’re checking your roof yourself, it’s important to have a professional check it once a year. During an annual inspection, a roofer will analyze the roof, clean gutters and skylights, remove debris, and provide you an estimate of the roof’s quality and lifespan, so you can budget for eventual replacement.

Keep your gutters in good repair

Storms can clog gutters and damage them, so they don’t work properly. When your gutters are clogged, water, snow, and ice can’t drain from the roof. In winter, ice dams can form. These damage your roof and attic.

Clean the gutters yourself or have them cleaned by a professional. After major storms, check the gutters. If they seem loose, have a professional make repairs before the next storm.

If you have large trees near your house, trimming them back can keep branches and leaves off your roof. Trimming trees may cut down on moss growth and will protect shingles since there’s less shade and rodent activity on the roof. A good rule of thumb is to keep trees 10 feet from your roof.

Get a Free Estimate for Roofing Repairs

Never wait on roof repairs, because your home can sustain water damage or develop mold in the meantime, leading to more expensive repairs once you call. If you notice anything unusual on your roof, contact Brandstetter’s KangaRoof for a free estimate.