Many homeowners forget that house maintenance also includes roof maintenance. Depending on its condition, your roof can dramatically increase or decrease your property’s value.
As a homeowner, you should be actively preserving your roof rather than only inspecting when there’s a leak.
By following these recommendations, you can increase the lifespan of your roof, increase your home’s value, and prevent roof-related problems.
Replace Broken or Loose Shingles or Tiles
When you notice a broken shingle or tile, replace it quickly. There is a waterproof layer on your roof keeping moisture from entering your home.
However, with a cracked shingle and sun exposure, the waterproof layer can deteriorate and bring moisture into your home.
Remove Debris from your Roof
Without regularly removing debris like dead leaves, pine needles, and branches, your gutters will become clogged up.
Removing debris also helps to spot damages such as cracked shingles. You can do this with leaf blower by safely guiding the debris towards the ground.
Clean Out Gutters Regularly
No matter how much you remove debris from the roof, your gutter will still be filled with dead leaves, branches, and other fragments.
That’s why you should clean out the gutter at least twice a year—once in the late spring and once in the late summer. Otherwise, your gutter and roof will leak and sustain water damage.
Don’t Forget Those Ridges and Valleys
The ridges and valleys, where the plane of your roof changes, are just as important to maintain as any other part of your roof.
Rain flows from your roof’s ridges and valleys into your gutter and a clogged valley makes your roof more susceptible to leaking.
Make sure the shingles in these areas overlap correctly with no holes or tears in the underlayment. Also make sure that debris isn’t accumulating in these areas.
Schedule an Annual Inspection
Having at least one roof inspection per year is a great cost-effective way to keep your roof in good condition. Professionals can also recognize problems that you might not notice such as granule or adhesion loss.
In Florida, it’s best to inspect your roof during the winter after hurricane season when the weather is dry.
Contact Your Central Florida Roofing Company
Roof maintenance is a lot of work. If you want to ensure the safety of your home and quality of your roof, contact Batterbee Roofing. We can inspect your roof, clear out debris, and repair any damage.
For more information on ways to prevent roofing problems or to schedule a free consultation, contact Batterbee Roofing today.