How To Keep Your Roof Maintained For A Long Life

18 January 2018
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Taking care of your home's interior and its exterior yard landscaping is likely a regular part of your weekly chores. Often, the roof of your home gets overlooked with its cleaning and maintenance although the roof plays a big part in keeping your home protected from the elements. Here are some tips to help you take care of your roof so it can protect your home's interior and remain well-maintained for as long as possible.

Clean Off Debris

Debris can collect on your roof during wind and rain storms from nearby trees and from trash that has spilled from an outside garbage can. Debris on your roof can collect moisture allow it to seep through the roofing felt and into the deck. When you live in an area that has a great deal of moisture, moss can grow on your roof's shingles. This moss can cause your shingles to begin to decompose and break down.

Periodically remove debris from your roof by safely accessing your rooftop. Pick off branches and large debris, then sweep leaves and smaller debris with a broom. For discoloration and moss growth on your shingles, you can spray the surface of your shingles with your garden hose. You can also hire a roofing company to clean its surface with their professional washer and roofing cleaner.

Repair Damage

Shingles

Damage to your shingles can occur after a heavy rain storm or hail that strips off areas of your shingle's granules. This can show up as spots on your shingles that are void of their protective granules. Damage to your shingles can also occur as shingles or portions of shingles lift up and are blown from the roof. Any tear, bend, or curling-up of shingles is evidence of damage to the roof and should be replaced with a non-damaged shingle.

Talk to your roofing professional about having damaged or missing shingles replaced. Any existing damage allowed to remain on your roof can allow moisture to seep through the layers of your roof. This will lead to an eventual interior roof leak that can cause damage to drywall, insulation, and flooring.

Flashing

The flashing installed on your roof can also become damaged from roof debris, age, and excessive weather. Flashing is installed on the edges, valleys, and around vents and any chimney is there to prevent water from flowing under the edges of the shingles and through your roofing deck. Anytime you replace your shingles, you should replace the flashing as well with new galvanized steel or aluminum for a long-lasting water barrier protection on your roof.

Occasionally the flashing will become broken off, bent, or curled up and can allow moisture to become a problem through your roof's layers. As you inspect your roof, look for any areas of missing or broken and damaged flashing to have it replaced as soon as possible. Reach out to a professional at a place like Melton Industries LLC for more info.