The roof protects a home and its occupants from sun, rain, ice, and snow. Any time it is compromised, you run the risk of water seeping into your home and causing damage. Yearly roof maintenance is the best way to prolong the life of the roof and prevent severe water damage. Here are a few tasks to put on your maintenance checklist.
Examine the Interior of the House
The outside of your house is not always the first place to show signs of roof damage. During your yearly roof maintenance, check the ceiling and attic inside the house for signs of water damage and structural issues, including:
- wood rot
- water stains or discoloration on walls or ceilings
- mold or mildew on the ceiling
- blistering paint or peeling wallpaper
- elevated utility bills due to energy loss through the roof
Clean the Gutters During Yearly Roof Maintenance
Gutters are an essential part of your home, as they protect the roof, siding, and foundation from water damage. The gutters work by funneling water off the roof and away from your home. However, if gutters become clogged with yard debris and leaves, they can’t work efficiently. Clear out the gutters during yearly roof maintenance and rinse them with the garden hose to verify water flows freely out the downspouts.
Maintain the Exterior of the Roof
Finally, after inspecting the home’s interior and cleaning the gutters, finish your yearly roof check-up by examining the exterior. If it’s safe to do so, use a ladder to look at the roof’s surface. Do not walk on the roof if you have slate roofing or cannot do so safely. Here are a few things to check for during your roof examination.
- curled, cracked, or missing shingles
- dirty and discolored shingles
- shingle granules (a dark sand-like material) in the gutters
- moss and algae growth
- visible sagging or water pooling in areas of the roof
If you notice any of these issues, call a professional to make repairs before more damage occurs
Yearly Maintenance: Work with an Inspector
Hiring a professional for a home maintenance inspection is an excellent way to learn more about the current condition of your roof and get detailed information about any needed repairs. At the end of the inspection, you will receive a report with a detailed list of problems and concerns. The inspector can explain the most pressing issues and which repairs are okay to delay until a later date.