Most people don’t spend too much time thinking about the condition of their roof. But, the old expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” certainly applies when it comes to roofing maintenance.
The costs associated with routine inspection and maintenance of your roof don’t amount to much; the costs of ignoring routine maintenance, however, can be significant. Too often, the out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach can turn into a costly roof maintenance strategy. The fact remains, during the winter months your roof takes a significant beating, and spring maintenance is critical to the longevity of your roof.
Preventative maintenance is an important part of home ownership. In the long run, you will save money with regular maintenance done now!
Save Money With Spring Roofing Maintenance: 10 Things You Can Do Now
Here are a few tips for keeping your roof in tip-top condition:
- Trim back trees. To prevent damage to your shingles, trim back and remove overhanging tree branches or those getting close to your roof.
- Keep gutters clear. Leaves and other miscellaneous debris can clog your gutter system, allowing water to back up into the attic or living areas of your home. Additionally, a gutter full of water is heavy and can damage the fascia boards on your roof. It’s a good idea to check and clean your gutters once or twice per year. While you’re at it, inspect your gutters for sagging or other signs of damage and consider installing leaf-guards as a way of keeping your gutters clog-free for life. To stay safe, make sure the ladder is on solid, level ground, and it is secured at the top to prevent it from slipping.
- Check downspouts. In addition to the gutters, make sure your downspouts are also free of congestion. If they are clogged, they can’t channel water and snowmelt away from your home.
- Examine any wear near the roof valleys. Water runs down roof valleys and into the gutter, so they are prone to water damage.
- Ensure proper ventilation. This is one of the most important elements in extending the life of your roof. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can accumulate in the attic, leading to roof rot and deteriorating insulation.
- Ensure adequate insulation. A properly insulated attic space will allow your roof to perform at peak efficiency.
- Look for storm damage. After a big storm, inspect the interior of your home for water stains. Check the outside for missing, cracked, blistered, curled or otherwise damaged shingles.
- Check for moss or algae. Install zinc or lead control strips if your roof is starting to collect moss or algae.
- Inspect flashings. Many roof leaks begin at flashing points, where the main body of the roof meets up with the home’s siding, chimneys or skylights. Examine the area surrounding the vent pipes and chimney. Look for gaps, cracks or missing caulk. Check the flashings for holes, cracks, or other signs of damage or deterioration.
- Invest in a professional inspection. An experienced roofer can provide a comprehensive repair estimate to help you in maintaining and caring for your roof. Take advantage of their skill and know-how to keep your roof performing its best. If possible, call the same contractor that installed the roof as they’ll likely have the most in-depth understanding of your roof’s intricacies.
Need Help Maintaining Your Roof?
Call LGC Roofing, your experienced NJ & PA roofing contractor, if you need help with post-winter roofing maintenance or need a spring roofing inspection. We are a family owned & operated contractor with 30 years of experience in the roofing business!
Serving residential and commercial customers throughout New Jersey and Bucks & Montgomery counties of Pennsylvania, we are fully licensed and insured and can handle all aspects of roofing and siding work!
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