Your home's roof is a main area of protection for your home's interior, your family, and all the items inside the home. For this reason, keeping your roof maintained through every season is an important task. Here are some tips you can complete during spring and fall to maintain and repair your roof to keep it in its best condition.
When the weather begins to warm up and melts any snow and ice from your roof, it is a good time to inspect your roof for any damage that has occurred over the winter. Safely get up on your roof top wearing shoes with adequate traction to prevent your slipping and falling from the roof. Trim any branches that overhang your roof and home, as they can be a potential to cause damage to your home. Branches can scratch against or fall upon your roof and damage its shingles.
Remove and discard any broken and loose branches from the roof and clean leaves and other debris from its surface with a broom or a hose with a nozzle attachment. When you spray water to clean your roof, make sure to spray downward on your roof so you don't spray water beneath your shingles, as this can cause damage to your roof.
Look for any shingles that are cracked, peeling, lifting, broken, missing, or otherwise damaged, as they should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent interior home leaks. Also look for any missing or damaged flashing, which is the metal stripping that lines your roof along its edges and any valleys. If you are not able to replace a broken shingle or flashing, hire a professional roofer, such as Palmer Roofing, to complete these repairs.
Next, clean out any debris from your roof's gutters so the water can properly drain from your roof. Use your gloved hands or a small garden shovel to pull debris from the gutters and discard it into a trash bin or add to your yard's compost pile. You should regularly clean out your roof's gutters to keep them flowing freely, at least twice a year if your home is surrounded by trees. It is recommended to clean out your roof gutters quarterly if you have pine trees nearby, as they can drop their needles throughout the year.
Before winter's storms hit your area, take some time to handle some maintenance on your roof before your roof is wet and dangerous to get up on. Clean out your gutters from any summer and fall accumulation of leaves, pine needles, and other debris. Clearing out gutter debris will help prevent the build up of water in the gutters, which can freeze into a roof ice dam when the temperatures drop. Then, as the temperatures freeze and thaw, a clear gutter will ensure the ice and snow melt can freely drain from your roof.
If you live in a northern climate that has snow and ice accumulation over winter, you may need to prevent ice dam build-up on your roof. Ice dams occur when the warmth of your roof melts snow, causing it to flow to the eaves of your cold roof where it freezes again. As this process continues each day, the layer of ice on the edges of your roof become thicker and grows under and around your shingles. This causes damage to your shingles as well as leads to interior water leaks.
One recommended way to prevent ice dam formation is by keeping your attic and roof cold. Check your attic for any heat leaking from your home's interior into its space. You can use an infrared heat gun or camera to inspect for heat, then plug up holes with spray foam insulation or caulk to seal cracks around gaps where electrical, ventilation, or plumbing pipes run. You can also install heating cables in a zig-zag pattern at the edge of your roof. Heat cables can be turned on to melt any ice formation to prevent ice dam build-up.
Use these tips to help you keep your roof well-maintained and repaired.
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