Just because your roof is out of sight, doesn’t mean it should be out of mind. But so often, a home’s roof misses out on the attention it needs if for nothing more than the inconvenience the upkeep presents. The result of lacking maintenance is a roof that needs to be repaired or replaced before its time. With as big of an investment as a roof can be, it’s in the best interest of you and your wallet to make sure you provide the support your overhead support needs.
Shingle Maintenance Steps
The roof protects your home, which protects you, your family, and your belongings, but it’s up to you to protect your roof. Here are a few ways to do so.
Review your roof regularly:
To keep your shingles in tip top shape up top, the National Association of Home Builders recommends having a qualified expert inspect your roof every three years. This person will be on the lookout for shingle deterioration or damage, cracks or openings in the flashing, loose shingle tabs, and worn sealant or caulking.
Even without a professional inspection, your roof may be sending you signs that damage has been done. For example, excess granules in your gutters and downspouts could mean shingle deterioration. And without ever taking out a ladder, you may be able to see loose shingles or flashing with your feet on the ground. Don’t ignore the warning signs, and instead make sure to have a professional repair these issues before they lead to bigger, more expensive damage.
At least two to three times a year, remove debris from your rooftop. This includes, leaves, branches, and other garbage, all of which can hold water and cause your roof shingles to deteriorate. This kind of clean up can be done by hand, with a leaf blower, or broom. If using a blower, make sure to blow down to avoid trapping debris beneath the shingles. If using something to sweep debris from the roof, use a light touch. You don’t want to cause shingles to come loose from the roof or damage the shingles themselves by knocking off granules.
Gutters and downspouts are what allow outside water from your roof to run off and away from your foundation. Clogged gutters and downspouts could lead to shingle damage or deterioration. It also causes water leaks and flooding within your home. Keep your gutters clean and clear, especially after seasons such as fall and spring when more leaves and branches tend to drop.
Feel as though your gutters are always clogged? You could try installing gutter guards, but you might first want to start with trimming back trees. Reduce your gutter cleaning maintenance and protect your shingles from being damaged by large branches.
Don’t go green:
A roof made from green materials may be an environmentally friendly building approach. However when the shingles on your roof are simply turning green, it’s likely that moss or algae is the culprit. In the United States, moss tends to grow on areas of the roof–often north facing or beneath shade trees–that don’t receive much direct sunlight. Whereas algae starts as spores that can be carried by the wind or critters. If you notice dark streaks or dark spots on your rooftop, it’s probably moss or algae. The good news is that algae, while not aesthetically pleasing, isn’t likely to be harmful to your roof shingles. Moss can grow and cause shingles to lift or warp. This leaves shingles more susceptible to coming loose in high winds or severe weather. Have your shingles professionally cleaned to cause no further damage.
Your roof needs a helping hand to last its longest and keep your home looking good. Our team of professional roofing experts are here to help prevent future home damage. We’re also able to help extend the duration of your current roof.
Roof Repair and Replacement with TruHome Inc.
When your roof is in need of repair or replacement, TruHome Inc. has got you covered. Reliable and honest, our skilled roofing professionals stand above the competition by putting your needs first to provide timely, affordable, and warrantied work. Our roofing services include:
- New roof installation
- Replacement roofs
- Residential re-roofing
- Roof maintenance plans
- Roof and attic inspection
Contact us today to set up your free on-site roofing assessment and estimate with financing options available. TruHome Inc. is based in Monroe, WI and proudly provides services throughout the Tri-State area.