Roof maintenance is important to prolong the life of your roof. Whether you have a new roof or you are restoring an existing roof, it’s crucial to keep your roof maintained and clean to prevent deterioration. Roofs deteriorate over time because of weather exposure, dirt, debris, and fire. To keep roofs in good condition, a roof maintenance schedule should be followed. One thing to remember when cleaning a roof is never to do it alone.
Always inspect and repair damaged areas before they spread. Inspections of gutters and other damaged areas should be done periodically. Make sure that the roof is free of any missing tiles, shingles, or insulation. Tiles and insulation can cause damage over time if they are not properly inspected and removed. Also inspect areas near where the edge of the roof meets the building to make sure that there is no exposed nail or other type of support that can cause damage.
Roof maintenance is very important for two reasons: the roof protects the rest of the house and it provides protection to the home’s interior. Roofs also provide the structural integrity of the building and prevent damage to other buildings and homes. When a roof needs to be replaced, one of the first things most homeowners do is call a roofer to inspect their roofs and make necessary repairs. Roofers have extensive training and skill in inspecting and repairing roofs of all types, including tile roofs, slate roofs, plywood roofs and clay roofs. In addition, they have tools to safely remove and dispose of old roof shingles and repair any roof damage that may occur.
A complete roof maintenance checklist should contain the basic tasks that must be performed each year. If you want to reduce the risk of leaking roofs or damaged roofs, it’s a good idea to enlist help from roofing professionals. The National Green Building Council states, “An ounce of prevention equals a pound of cure.” A comprehensive maintenance checklist helps you to maintain your roof safely and efficiently, while protecting your investment and reducing your risk of costly repairs.
The main tasks included on a maintenance checklist include inspecting the roof for weathering, cracks or damage, and ensuring that the flashing around the exterior of the home is in good condition and is in compliance with local building codes. Next on the list is inspecting the roof system and performing the necessary repairs. There are a variety of roofing materials, roofing systems components that require inspection and maintenance, such as the roof membrane, sheath, shingles and nails. One important component of the roof is the roof deck, which is an important component of the entire roof system. Cracks, punctures and leaks are some of the signs that your roof deck may need immediate attention and repair.
After inspecting the roof system and performing the necessary repairs, you will want to perform preventative maintenance activities to keep your roof system performing at its best. Preventive maintenance involves keeping any loose shingles, nails or other potential weak spots from becoming a weak spot for the roof system. If you see a small leak, such as a puncture, it is imperative that you address this potential leak as soon as possible. If you see any signs of moisture buildup, such as discoloration, moss, or stains on the roof membrane, inspect the gutters to ensure they are clear of debris that can become a weak point for the roof system. Finally, if you detect any missing or loose shingles, inspect the roof to identify and address the situation before the problem becomes too much of a problem.