Your roof is likely the most expensive item for your home. Most homeowners are under the impression that once a roof is installed, there is no maintenance to be done to maintain it. However, maintaining your roof will be a whole lot cheaper for you than buying a whole other roof, should it fail. Minimal, routine maintenance is the key to keeping your roof a valuable investment, rather than a costly sink.
When to do Roof Maintenance
Just like you should check the oil in your car in a reasonable time frame, so should you check your roof. It is up to you to decide, but the most common time frame between checking the roof for maintenance for people is annually, biannually, or quarterly. This rate also depends on the type of roof you have, as different materials have different needs. All of this may be thrown out the window if you are concerned for your roof’s integrity, especially after a strong storm or hurricane.
How to do Roof Maintenance
While roof maintenance can be performed by a homeowner, if anything seems out of place or unusual, it is best to get a professional’s opinion. To do that, your best bet is to check with a professional roofing contractor to help you with an inspection, like us, as we know the best roof maintenance tips.
If you’re interested in checking on things on your own or helping expedite a professional’s inspection, there are a couple of important things to look out for when conducting maintenance. First, check any pipe boots for cracks or damages. Remove as much debris as you find, like sticks and leaves, from the roof itself, gutters, and valleys. Check all ventilation and confirm it is working properly. Look for signs of damage from animals, especially insects. Be sure to check any loose or missing caulk or flashings. Also, keep in mind that you can have your chimney swept by a certified chimney sweeper if you have a chimney and are concerned that it will provide problems.
How to Make Roof Maintenance Easier
There are a couple of things you could do to make maintenance a little easier for you. You could treat your roof for moss and algae, regularly clean out gutters, trim nearby branches, and keep an eye out for damaged shingles.
Looking for a Professional
If you are looking for a professional to help you conduct maintenance we proudly serve central New Jersey, please feel free to call us at (732) 372-9772.