Homeowners work hard to put a roof over their family's heads. It's not enough just to provide a roof, you want to ensure that you are providing a quality roof. Roof maintenance is one aspect of home ownership that people tend to overlook.
A roof cannot maintain itself, so failure to invest time and effort into basic maintenance tasks could cause your roofing system to fail much earlier than it should. Carve out time in your busy schedule to complete these three essential roof maintenance tasks in the near future.
1. Inspect Your Attic
You may be wondering what taking a look around your attic space has to do with maintaining your roof. Homeowners can easily spot signs of roof damage by looking at their home's exterior, but some types of damage aren't evident from the outside.
Regular inspections of your attic will help you spot leaks, water stains, and other indicators that your roof is in need of repair. Mold growth or humidity levels that seem higher than normal in your attic are also signs that you need a roofing contractor to address performance issues with your roofing system.
2. Clean Your Roof
Your residential roofing is exposed to the elements at all times. While roofing materials are durable enough to withstand this type of exposure, they can begin to deteriorate if they are not cleaned on a regular basis.
Regular rainfall can help to wash dirt and debris from the surface of your roof. During periods of drought or when you notice an accumulation of debris on your roof, you should use a garden hose to wash the roofing materials clean. Eliminating dirt and debris on a regular basis can help you extend the life of your roof well into the future.
3. Inspect Roof Accessories
It's not just the roofing materials themselves that you need to keep an eye on when it comes to maintaining the efficiency and safety of your home. There are many accessories that work in coordination with your roof to protect the structural integrity of your home.
Metal flashing prevents water from infiltrating seams in your roofing materials. Gutters and downspouts help to facilitate proper drainage from the surface of your roof. Vents for plumbing and HVAC appliances extend out from your roof to provide adequate air circulation.
Flashing damage, dirty gutters, and blocked vents can all have a negative effect on roofing materials over time. Be sure that you are inspecting these accessories often so that you can make the minor repairs needed to avoid a roofing disaster.
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