Your roof represents a serious investment. It also provides a vital line of defense for your home or business. A roof that falls into disrepair will suddenly make you and your property vulnerable to water damage, cause an increase in your energy bill, and negatively affect your structure’s appearance. To take care of your roof, schedule regular inspections from a professional. In the meantime, you can practice a few pieces of roof maintenance yourself.
You should make a habit of cleaning your roof of debris after every storm. Limbs and other pieces of debris will hold moisture against your roof and lead to deterioration. Make sure to check behind all fixtures of your roof, including pipes, skylights, and chimneys.
Flashing represents a weak point on practically every roof. These metal strips cover the seams at vulnerable areas of your roof. Check to make sure the flashing has not begun to separate or rust. You can also reseal old flashing with new caulk.
Look for Loose Shingles
If you see loose shingles, you can affix them with a small amount of roofing cement. In the case of missing shingles, or an abundance of loose shingles, call for professional service.
Clean Your Gutters
Lastly, make sure to maintain your gutters to protect your roof and home from rainfall. Clean them twice a year by removing all debris, leaves, twigs, and nests.