Roof Maintenance Starts at the Top
Helping you maintain your roof is why we’re here and what we’re all about. However, roof maintenance can be much easier if you start from a high level with something essential:
We’re talking about checking your roof for damage regularly, then fixing it, even if you think you can put it off or it’s not important enough to jump on at the moment. Why? Minor issues can turn into significant issues faster than you think—and morph into expensive repairs. No one wants that.
Preventative Steps You Can Take (and Preferably Not on a Ladder)
These are things you’ll want to do, whether you have shingles or tile:
Spring and Fall Assessments. If you’re the type, who likes to get up your roof yourself (and knows how to do so safely), go for it. But please, call the professionals if you have any reservations about this. You or the pros will look for signs of wear and tear, debris, missing shingles or water damage. If you see anything, take a photo. Most likely, the pros will take their own photos, but it’s always good to have them of your own.
Note: if you have a tile roof, debris left on the surface can cause irreversible damage—another reason to check your roof more often.
Keep Your Gutters Clean and Clear. This is critical. If your gutters are clogged, water can build up, and deterioration can set it. As mentioned above, only tackle this yourself if you’re 100% sure you know what you’re doing. Falling off a ladder can be serious.
Trim Low-Hanging Branches. If you don’t cut these away, they can damage your roof. They’re also little bridges for critters to waltz over and start tearing off, chewing on your shingles, or worse, getting into your attic or house. The noise alone is a pain.
Check Downspouts. Make sure these haven’t been crushed or crumbled. If there’s an obstruction, water and other debris will back up and restrict the roof’s drainage. If you notice that water’s already begun to pool, it might cause water damage. Have it checked out ASAP.
Our Experts Take Inspection to the Next Level
Before we recommend anything, our specialists make sure they understand your unique roof 110%, like through and through: What kind do you have? How should the materials be treated? Do you need more or less roof maintenance? And so on.
When problems (leaks, weather damage) are detected earlier rather than later, you’ll save money, as well as worry.
Here’s what our insured and bonded roof maintenance experts will do:
- Clear debris from your roof
- Clear debris from HVAC units, pipes, and around shingles
- Check for moss and algae growth: if growth has occurred, specialists will discuss a low-cost treatment option
- Check for deterioration and holes on shingles, flashing, hips, ridges, and nails/staples
- Re-secure loose shingles and replace damaged shingles
- Clear gutters and test downspouts
- Evaluate tree overhang
- Evaluate weather damage, make minor fixes and repairs, diagnose larger problems, and provide repair options
- Check chimneys, mortar, and parapet walls
- Check edge metal
- Check for roof sagging due to water damage
- Clean pitch pockets and seams
- And much more!
As a general rule, we recommend quarterly inspections. You’re going to want to know at least twice a year how your roof is holding up. Because what you don’t know can hurt you. Ensuring the life of your roof is one of the smartest decisions you can make as a homeowner.
Remember, we’re here to lend a hand and make sure what’s over your head will keep you covered, safe, and dry. As always, we’re just a phone call away.