If you’ve just put the time and money into replacing your roof, you surely want it to last as long as possible. With a few hours of regularly scheduled maintenance at a time, you can add years onto the lifespan of your roof. Here’s what you need to do to maintain your home’s brand new roof.
Pay Attention to Your Shingles
Always keep an eye out for any issues with your shingles. This includes missing, worn, chipped, and broken shingles. If you notice damage to any of your shingles, act fast and have them replaced immediately. You can replace them yourself if you have the knowledge and experience to do so, or you can hire a professional roofing contractor to get the job done for you.
You should also have your shingles cleaned at least once a year to prevent dirt buildup, algae, and fungal growth from compromising the integrity of your roof.
Trim Dangerous Branches
Branches hanging over your roof should be trimmed back before they have a chance to do serious damage. These branches can easily leave scratches or holes in your roof by being blown in the wind, and a strong storm can blow them onto your roof, which will need extensive repairs. Keep your new roof out of harm’s way by trimming away any branches that could be ticking time bombs.
Address Rust Right Away
Whether your roof is made of metal or only has metal flashing, these parts need to be taken care of to last a long time. IF you notice any rust on your roof, take care of it right away. Get rid of the rust with a wire brush, and then add a fresh layer of primer and paint to the area. This ensures the metal won’t continue to corrode, and the paint gives it an added layer of protection against future damage.
Clean Gutters Regularly
When your gutters get clogged, rainwater can build up and seep into your roof, weakening its structure. Keep your gutters clean of leaves, twigs, and other debris to ensure rainwater is immediately directed away from your roof. Keeping an eye on your gutter will also help you notice any pebbles that appear, which can be a sign of deteriorating shingles.
Prevent Ice Dams
Ice dams form when snow accumulates on your roof, melts into water, and then freezes over. Ice dam damage can be expensive to repair, but a few easy maintenance steps can keep them from forming. Make sure your home and roof are insulated enough to keep the roof balanced with outdoor temperatures. This will prevent snow from melting and forming into ice.
Roof Maintenance and Repairs with First Out Roofing
For roof maintenance and repairs you can trust, call First Out Roofing. Our trusted roofers always find and treat the entire problem to give you repairs that last, and we offer free storm damage inspections. We also offer leak repairs, decking, door and window services, so call or visit our website for more information or a free quote!