How to Maintain your New Roof
Repairing or replacing a roof is a costly expense that few can afford at the drop of a hat, but new homeowners might be unfamiliar with roof maintenance.
Thankfully, by investing a few extra hours on a regular basis to carry out roof maintenance, it’s possible to intercept problems before they become nightmares. There are multiple ways to go about keeping your roof as healthy as possible!
What to Look for
Keep your eyes peeled in order to spot any missing or potentially damaged shingles. Cleaning shingles off regularly will reduce the growth of moss and other fungal elements that can reduce your roof’s structural integrity.
Make sure to remove and replace your roof sealant whenever the need arises. Investigate the various spots of your roof where there are any wear and tear or cracking around the sealant.
Regularly inspect the surrounding trees in order to spot overhanging branches that could prove troublesome for your roof and gutter system. Mother Nature is not always kind to roofs; an errant storm that disturbs a few large branches can easily cause havoc for your home. Speaking of gutters, making sure that they’re regularly cleaned is essential because clogged gutters can cause water to pool in time after rainstorms that will eventually seep into the underside of your roofing structure. Keeping your roof maintained during inclement weather, especially during the spring and summer months, is critical because of the temperature changes. This is when issues that happen during the winter really start to become apparent. Spring rains can cause weak points in roofs to become flooded with water. Summer storms can further loosen and remove shingles, gutters, and more with windy gusts. Having your roof inspected by trained professionals on a regular basis is a great way to intercept problems before they have a chance to put your roof (and your family) at undue risk.
Although some may find an ice dam aesthetic to look at or reminiscent about holidays, they can easily be the doom of a roof! As they build over time while expanding and contracting, they’ll strain the entire roof system. Repairing roof damage from an ice dam can be quite an investment, so it’s important to keep your roof close to the temperature of the already existing outside climate in order to reduce overall development.
By following these above steps, you can take important steps in maintaining your new roof for years to come. If you have questions about roof maintenance, contact Garcia Roofing to learn more about keeping your roof protected for years to come!