Unlike your vehicles, your roof is pretty low-tech. It isn't going to warn you when some component needs servicing. Rather, to keep it in top shape, you must inspect it annually to see what's happening. Then, should you detect trouble, you should waste no time making repairs. General roof maintenance includes the following:
Tree branches allowed to grow close to the roof can abrade shingles. Even if they aren't yet touching the roof, when the wind blows and snow weighs them down, they'll end up in contact with your shingle system. Always trim them back. If your mature trees have reached the age where they present a danger of toppling in a storm, consider tree removal before they can smash your roof.
Check the rubber gasket seal around your plumbing pipes. If something has punctured one, you may face a leak in the next precipitation event. If all the pipe jacks are showing signs of age, consider replacing them all at once.
Your metal flashing overlaps holes and gaps in the roof through which pipes and vents protrude and where angles change. Sidewalls, valleys, skylight curbs and the eave edges should have flashings that are securely nailed to the deck. If you see bent metal or rust developing, it's probably time to change out the metal. Also, check the caulking that gives the final seal to flashed areas. Replace it if it appears to have dried up and pulled away.
If your home sports the most common shingle system, asphalt, be sure to check them carefully. Look for hail damage, bald spots, lifted or curled edges, heat blisters and that none went missing. If you have roof coverings other than asphalt shingles, be very careful about walking your roof. Metal, tile, slate, plastic composites and wood shakes require certain walking techniques to avoid causing damage.
Mold, Moss and Algae
Shady faces of your roof may become a mold, moss or algae farm. While mold and algae are ugly, they may not immediately damage your roof. Moss, on the other hand, should be removed when spotted. It can stretch its fingers under the shingles, loosening them to the point of failure in just a few seasons. Don't let moss get a foothold on your roof.
Sometimes, the only maintenance you need to do is simply to clean out the gutters. While gutters serve to protect your foundation, not your roof, if they become clogged, you can end up with water in the attic and walls plus rot along the eaves, fascia and soffits.
Good roof maintenance starts with a thorough inspection and knowledge of its components. If you would rather stay on the ground, or if your roof is difficult to walk, please give us a call at Wayne Overhead Door Sales and Home Improvement. We know what your roof should look like and how to take care of budding issues. Let your roof maintenance start with us. For other home maintenance ideas, please see our blog.