Your roof is pretty important – after all, it protects your home from the elements, bugs and animals. Most people don’t give their roof much thought until there is a problem with it. The average lifespan of a roof is about 25 years but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it and not practice regular roof maintenance. The experts here at California Roofing Pros are here to help you keep yours in good shape to reduce the risk of costly repairs. Here’s what you should be doing.
Inspect Your Roof
You should be inspecting your roof twice per year, once in the spring and once in the winter. You should be looking for missing or damaged shingles, damage to the gutters and edge of your roof, damaged or missing flashing, sagging, broken gutters, missing fasteners and granules in the gutters. Any of these issues indicate a potential problem that needs your attention right away.
Clean the Gutters
When your gutters are full, water can get backed up in them, which can cause damage to the surrounding areas. It’s a good idea to clear your gutters a few times each year as part of your roof maintenance routine, especially if you know a big storm is coming. You can do this job yourself or let the experts handle it for you. Either way, it’s vital to keep those gutters cleared of debris. If you see water running over the edges during a storm, chances are they need to be cleaned.
Take Care of Plant Growth
Roof maintenance should include keeping trees trimmed so that falling branches won’t damage your roof. But you should also be looking for algae and moss growth on the roof itself. This plant growth can damage shingles, and while it’s easy to remove, it can discolor the roof and lead to further problems. Adequate attic ventilation can help control the problem. Keeping plants around your roof can also help because it allows more sunlight on the roof, which can help control the growth of both algae and moss.
Recaulk When Necessary
It’s usually best to let the roofing experts handle this job, but you can certainly keep an eye on it so that you know when it’s time to recaulk. Caulk is what helps provide a seal at the flashings so if it degrades or breaks down, you may have leaks or other damage to contend with. When you do your roof inspection twice per year, make sure you pay attention to the caulk and whether it needs to be fixed.
Check the Insulation
Making sure your attic is properly ventilated and insulated is important for keeping your roof in good shape. Both help prevent issues like ice dams or a buildup of moisture, both of which can lead to costly damage on your roof. Check your attic regularly to be sure that your ventilation and insulation methods are working.
When you need help with your roof, whether it’s repairs, cleaning or a replacement, you need California Roofing Pros. Call us today to get a free estimate.