If you think about it, the only thing between your family and the elements is your roof. It should really be a priority for everyone to check it once per season to ensure you are able to spot and repair any roof damage before it becomes a bigger problem. Unfortunately, getting regular roof maintenance isn’t on everyone’s do-to list. This fall, use this guide to help keep your roof in perfect condition.
Fallen branches, leaves, and animal nests and waste can easily cause physical damage to your shingles and attract moisture that rots the wood of your roof. Clear your roof of any organic debris and check for accumulated organic material in the gutters.
If you notice anything growing on your roof, it could be a sign that you have damaged wood under the shingles. Moss, algae, and mold are nature’s way of breaking down rotted wood. They also hold water that can further damage your roof and wood.
The shingles on your roof should be flat and tightly secured to the layers underneath. Loose, flapping shingles need to be repaired or replaced. You should also inspect your shingles for holes, curling, and warping. It is fairly easy to swap out these damaged shingles for new ones.
Damaged gutters can divert water flow under the roof and into your home, so it is important to make gutter checks a part of your seasonal inspections. Ensure all gutter sections are tightly joined and none are missing. Bent gutters can be a problem if high winds have caused limbs to fall, so be sure to check for misshapen sections and repair as needed.
The flashing on your roof is very important for preventing water from entering your house. When you are up on the roof, be sure to inspect your flashing for signs of damage. Areas of rust or damage to the caulking that seals the flashing are indicators that repairs are needed.
If you have a chimney, inspect all around it for signs of wear. Cracked mortar is a common problem on older homes. This allows rain water to enter the house and should be mended as soon as possible. Also check that the chimney cap is present and firmly in place.
Catching and repairing roofing problems early can extend the life of your roof and prevent water damage to your home. Before you get out the ladder, here are some tips for staying safe while on the roof. Always go up on a calm, rain free day, wear non-slip shoes, and only work on a dry roof. If you are near gutters or the edge or the roof, remember to lean your weight back to prevent a fall or other injuries.