Spring is here and with it spring-cleaning, home repairs, and roof maintenance.
Roof maintenance can go a long way in protecting your home from inclement weather. You wouldn’t hesitate to maintain your car, lawn, or even your health, so be sure to make your roof maintenance a regular occurrence too.
Your home is quite possibly the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. Protect your investment with an annual (or even bi-annual) roof inspection.
Your checklist should cover things like:
- Are there any cracked, curling, or missing shingles?
- Is any flashing rusted, damaged, broken, or missing?
- Are your gutters free of debris and obstacles to allow water to flow off the roof properly?
- Do you see any mold growth or stains on the walls or ceilings inside the home?
- Are there any shingles that are stained, darkened, excessively worn, or streaked?
- Are there any areas of granule deposits on the roof or ground around the home?
- Are there any signs of water leakage in the attic?
Roof maintenance is essential for the protection of your home. However, this is often overlooked or neglected. Several things should be included on your annual checklist to make sure that your roof is properly maintained. Many warranties actually contain a clause that voids the warranty if proper maintenance is not performed.
1. Look for any Shingles that are Cracked, Curling, or Missing during your Annual Roof Maintenance
Annual roof maintenance should always include an inspection of the shingles or other roofing material, to make sure that there are no breaks, cracks, or missing materials. If you notice any of these things then repairs should be scheduled as soon as possible. Getting on top of any roof repairs needed will prevent further damage and avoid more costly repairs at a later date.
2. All Flashing should be in Good Condition, without any Rust or Damage
Flashing is an important component of roof maintenance. It helps to cover any gaps and prevent water from getting in around the chimney and other structures on the roof. If there is any flashing that is rusted, damaged, or missing then this needs to be replaced. Without flashing water can work into the roof, and then get to the rest of the house from this starting point.
Flashing on your roof can be found in several places. Be sure to check them all.
- Roof ventilation
- Dryer vents
- Bathroom fan vents
- Plumbing vents
3. Gutters should be Clear and Free of Debris
Gutters are a big priority when it comes to annual roof maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and other types of debris can find their way into the gutter and block them off. A partial blockage may not cause too many problems. However, if the entire gutter is blocked then water cannot be directed away from the roof properly, and you may discover areas where water settles and causes damage.
Check your gutters to see if there are any shingle granules in them. These granules provide color and compose the surface of your shingles that absorbs wear. Loss of granules from your shingles could mean you have hail damage. After heavy storms, these granules can accumulate in your gutters.
4. Interior Walls and Ceilings Should be Free of Stains or Mold Growth
Part of any roof maintenance checklist should be a visual inspection of the interior walls and ceilings in your home. Look for any stains, and any mold or mildew growth. These are signs that moisture is getting in somehow, and the leak needs to be identified and fixed immediately. Look very carefully to catch leaks early.
5. Shingles should not be Stained, Streaked, Darkened, or Excessively Worn
When you are performing annual roof maintenance, make sure that you look for any shingles that are streaked, stained, darkened, or that have excessive wear or bald areas on them. If you find any of these problems then you may need to have a small area or the entire roof surface replaced. A professional can help you decide what needs to be done if you find these problems.
6. Look for Any Areas of Granule Deposits
Part of proper roof maintenance involves inspecting the ground around your home for any granule deposits. Severe weather may cause shingles to lose their protective granule coating, and if this happens you may find significant granule deposits where the water flows onto the ground.
7. Check the Attic for any Signs of Leaks
Your attic should always be inspected during annual roof maintenance. This is often the first place where signs of a problem with your roof appear. Look for stains, wood that is rotting, and other symptoms of moisture.
Spending a little bit of time each year inspecting your roof for any roof maintenance issues will help you prevent costly repairs in the future and keep your roof in tip top shape.
Author Bio: Elizabeth Crane is originally from St. Louis, Missouri and now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She has two dogs and one cat…and probably loves them a little too much. She founded Crane Roofing over 30 years ago. Two of her sons now run the company, while Elizabeth writes for the website.