Roof Maintenance: How to Maintain Your Roof
The roof is one of the most important components of your home. In order for your roof to function properly, it needs regular maintenance. Roof maintenance can prevent roof damage and costly roof repair. Roof maintenance involves performing a biannual inspection of your roof. Additionally, a roof should be inspected for debris and damage after storms.
Year-Round Roof Maintenance
In general, it's important to keep an eye on your roof. Use binoculars to get a closer look at what's going on up on your roof. Early detection of roof problems, such as peeling or missing shingles, will save you money.
* Remove large branches from the roof.
* Trim branches that touch or overhang your roof.
* Regularly clean gutters and downspouts of any debris.
The Biannual Roof Inspection
The best time to check your roof is when the weather is at its calmest. In most places in the US, the beginning of the fall and the beginning of the spring are the ideal times for a roof inspection. Tip: Schedule your biannual inspections for the weekends when the clocks are changed. That way, you'll remember easily. Never go up on an icy or wet roof.
There are two parts to a roof inspection: indoor and outdoor.
Inspect your attic or crawlspace for dampness or drip spots. With a flashlight, look for dark spots on the wood, especially around vents and chimneys. Examine the rafters, sheathing and ridge beams. If you find a spot, check if it is damp and soft. A soft spot means that it is new. Keep track of the damp spots so that you can check the corresponding areas when you check the roof outside. Check if outside light that can be seen through the roof. Inspect the ceilings around your home for any damp spots. Inspect ceiling tiles for mold growth.
Before inspecting your roof, become familiar with roof inspection safety. Basic roof safety includes: using a safety harness and a secure rope, properly positioning your ladder and wearing non-slip (rubber-sole) shoes.
Carefully climb onto your roof and begin the inspection:
1) Visually inspect shingles for damage or deterioration. Look for loose or missing shingles. Pay close attention to the side of the roof with the most direct sun exposure.
2) Inspect the chimney for cracks.
3) Inspect flashings.
4) Remove debris (such as leaves and branches).
5) Clear out gutters. Check for fine gravel-like granules in the gutters. This is a sign of shingle deterioration.