Have you been keeping up with roof maintenance?
If you’re living in the midwest, your roof will experience a hot summers, cold winters, and a solid dose of hail and ice. Considering the beating your roof takes, it’s safe to assume it could use a little maintenance every now again. But how do you know when to perform roof maintenance and where do you even start?
These are all common questions we hear, which is why we are breaking down the top things you should be doing to extend the life and maximize performance of your roof. Let’s dive in.
How to Perform Roof Maintenance
Knowing when and how to perform roof maintenance is key to getting the most out of your roof. We’re going to break down the top things to look for and how to fix them.
#1. Check Roof for Signs of Mold, Moss, and Algae
As we all know, midwest summers are hot and humid. This happens to be prime growing conditions for mold, moss, and algae. If left for an extended period of time, this growth can lead to curling, cracking, and degradation of your shingles. The good news is, it is pretty easy to see moss and algae growing on your roof.
To check if your roof is growing moss, mold, or algae, you can grab a pair of binoculars to try to spot any growth. If you can’t see well enough, you can always grab the ladder and get a closer look. But, we always recommend extreme caution when getting on any roof and to use safety measures.
If you happen to find some mold, moss, or algae growing on your roof, there are a few different options to consider. The first would be to remove it with a solution like Wet and Forget. All you need to do is buy the solution, attach it to your hose, and apply to your roof. This might take a few coats, but it will kill any growth on your roof.
If there is an excessive amount of moss, mold, or algae growth, it is possible your shingles have been compromised. If this is the case, you might want to contact your local roofing contractor to inspect your roof.
#2. Inspect your Attic
It is always a good practice to inspect your attic to make sure everything is in order. If there is a leak in your roof, you will always be able to see the signs from the attic. Things to look for would be water stains, wet spots, frozen nails, and of course mold.
While you are up there, it is also good to check on your insulation. Depending on the type of insulation that was used in your home, things could have fallen and created an opportunity for air to escape. While planned ventilation is good, missing or improper insulation can cause ice dams which will put excessive strain on your roof and most likely cause leaks.
In most cases, any signs of an issue are fairly obvious, but if you suspect there is an issue you are not seeing, schedule an inspection and you can rest easy knowing there are no lingering problems growing in your attic.
#3. Replace Any Damaged or Missing Shingles
This one is fairly obvious, but it is crucial to replace any damaged or missing shingles as soon as possible. Leaving your roof exposed to water when it’s missing shingles will cause rapid water damage and lead to expensive repairs. To avoid this, make sure to inspect your roof after any storms and call a roofing contractor if you see any damages.
If you want to handle any damages yourself, it’s best to get started as soon as it is safe to do so. While we won’t go over the steps to repair your roof in this post, you can learn how here.
#4. Trim Overhanging Branches
Overhanging branches pose a serious threat to your home. While seemingly harmless, these branches can break off and fall on your roof during storms. This can puncture your shingles and cause expensive repairs.
To avoid any risk of falling branches, we recommend homeowners to trim and remove any overhanging branches. Unless you’re experienced with a chainsaw and cutting trees, we strongly recommend hiring a professional to handle the removal of any branches. This will keep you safe and prevent any branches from accidentally falling on your roof.
#5. Remove Debris ASAP
It is common for debris to fall on your roof during severe weather. While it might look harmless, they are hide any damages to your roof and make it difficult to identify issues quickly. Considering how time sensitive roof leaks are, it is always best to remove debris as soon as possible.
If you plan on removing any debris yourself, make sure to take extra safety precautions like using a sturdy ladder, having a spotter, slip-resistant shoes, and of course the proper tools to get the job done efficiently.
#6. Clean and Maintain Your Gutters
One of the most important things you can regularly do to maintain your roof is simply cleaning and maintaining your gutters. Letting leaves and debris build up in your gutters can lead to clogs, water damage, and ice dams. If the build up gets really bad, it can encourage mold growth and decay which will require expensive repairs.
To avoid all of this, make sure to clean your gutters every few months! This will ensure your gutter system is working properly by guiding the water away from your home. While you’re cleaning your gutters, it is best to check on the gutters themselves. Over time, your gutters will wear out and sag. This can cause water pooling and leaks. If you’re starting to see your gutters sag, it is time to either repair or replace your gutter system.
The Best Way to Maintain Your Roof
There are many things to do to properly maintain your roof. While plenty of these things can be done yourself, it is best to call in the professionals for repairs or inspections. The most important thing to do is to simply keep an eye on your roof and make sure to inspect it whenever your home is hit by a storm.
To get the best results from your roof maintenance, make sure to call a trusted contractor with plenty of reviews. If you happen to be located near Madison, Milwaukee, or Northern Illinois, make sure to call our team at Durashield! We would love to hear from you!