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4 Fall Roof Maintenance Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

If you’ve ever had to replace a roof on your home or building, you know it’s best to do so only when it’s run through it’s natural life cycle. With some simple roof maintenance, you can keep what might have been a simple fix from becoming a massive problem.

Not only will maintenance extend the life of your roof, but it will reduce the likelihood of any significant issues occurring throughout that life. Here are some excellent roof maintenance tips to help keep your roof in great shape.

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1. Inspect

The simplest and often most overlooked maintenance advice is just to visually inspect your roof on a regular basis. This can be done in just a few minutes from the ground.

Fall is an especially important time to check. Make sure your gutters are not blocked by falling leaves and debris to prevent any ice dams in the winter. In the spring, check to make sure your roof avoided any damage over the colder months. Furthermore, check the roof after severe storms to make sure your shingles are intact and nothing crashed onto the roof by the wind. Also be sure to check your roof from underneath by accessing your attic.

 

2. Trim

Overhanging branches may seem like a nice way to shade your house, but if any trees are growing too close to or are overhanging your roof, they have a high potential for damage and are not worth the small measure of shade they provide.

Broken limbs can easily fall and wreak havoc on the roof. Debris falling from them, or resting on the surface of your shingles may harm the protective stone coating as time passes. Either cut them down yourself or hire a professional to do it for you.

 

3. Watch

You may not realize it, but insects can be a significant source of roof damage. Termites, carpenter ants and many other species can create rotten spots, shredded wood, insect feces and sawdust. All of these can cause costly damage.

Keep an eye out for the bugs themselves, or signs that they are there. If you have an infestation, it needs to be handled immediately to prevent additional issues.

 

4. Consult

There is a lot you can do as a homeowner to spot, prevent, and repair roof damage. However, just like any other activity, unless you are an expert with years of experience, there are things that can be easily missed. Working with a professional roofing company is perhaps the best way to prolong the life of your roof, catch any issues early, and spot problems that are not so easy to find. Get in touch with us today to learn more!