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Homeowners have a lot of maintenance to consider. This includes taking care of the roof which occupies about 40% of the home’s exterior and is the first line of defense against the elements. Proper roof maintenance can help prevent costly damage and minimize repair bills. Here are 8 tips for maintaining your roof:

1. Check the Condition of Your Shingles

The condition of your shingles is an important factor in how well your roof will perform. So, when a storm or strong winds occur, inspect your roof for any damaged or missing shingles. If you notice any missing or damaged shingles, it’s best to take the time to replace them rather than wait for more damage to occur. Sometimes the damage may be because of an already tumbling roof. If this is the case, it’s best to contact a professional for help.

2. Clean Your Gutters

Your gutters are responsible for collecting and draining water off your roof. When they become clogged with debris, such as leaves and twigs, they can’t do their job properly. So, always inspect and clean your gutters to ensure proper water drainage from the roof. Clean your gutters twice a year (once in the spring and once in the fall) to avoid clogs or improper drainage. Doing this helps prevent water damage, such as rotting wood, algae growth, and mildew.

3. Inspect the Attic

Inspect your attic regularly for any signs of water damage. Look for areas where the wood is discolored or wet, and check your insulation to make sure it’s in good condition. Take extra care to check for signs of mold or mildew, which can indicate a roof leak. If you find any water damage in the attic, contact a professional roofer immediately to assess and address the problem.

4. Keep Tabs on Ventilation

The ventilation system in your roof is essential for keeping your home cool and preventing moisture buildup. This is especially important in hot, humid climates. Make sure your attic is properly ventilated by checking to see if the vents are free of debris and that they’re not blocked or closed off. If they are blocked, remove any debris present and make sure they’re open.

5. Powerwash Periodically

Powerwashing the roof can help remove dirt, mildew and other debris that can cause damage over time. The pressure of the water removes these materials and can help extend the life of your roof. However, always be sure to use a low-pressure setting as too much pressure could damage the shingles or other materials used in your roof. This should be done at least twice a year, or more often if you live in an area with high humidity.

6. Trim Nearby Trees

Trees can be a great addition to any landscape and adds value to your property, but they can also cause damage to your roof if branches or leaves are constantly getting swept onto the shingles. You should regularly trim trees that are near your home to prevent these materials from piling up on your roof. You should also consider removing any dead branches that could be a potential hazard in a windstorm.

7. Check the Chimney

Make sure to check the condition of your chimney each time you inspect your roof. Any loose bricks or damaged flashing should be addressed immediately to prevent water from seeping in and causing damage to your home. You should also have a qualified professional come and do an inspection of the chimney at least once a year so they can make sure everything is in good condition.

8. Schedule Regular Inspections

It is important to inspect your roof regularly for damage and maintenance needs. Scheduling a professional inspection every 3-5 years is ideal, especially after major storms or weather events. A pro will look for cracked, loose, or missing shingles, as well as any signs of water damage such as discoloration or leaks. They'll give you feedback on the condition of your roof and any repairs that are needed.

Final Thought on Roof Maintenance Tips

Maintaining your roof is essential to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Regular inspections and maintenance will help you catch damage before it becomes severe and costly to repair. Make sure to follow the above tips for a great-looking, durable, long-lasting roof! If you have any questions or concerns about your roof, don't hesitate to contact City Roofing. We can quickly assess the condition of your roof and provide you with guidance on the best course of action for repair or replacement. Investing in your home's roof now will save you money in the long run!