Your residential or commercial roof is an investment. And an expensive one. Protecting your investment is essential. Roof replacement or repairs can be costly and that’s something you don’t need. However, many homeowners and business owners don’t realize it until it’s too late. Use these five ways to protect your roof.
Keep the Gutters Clean
Your gutter system is the best way to prevent a roof leak or significant damage during heavy rainfall. Keeping your gutters clean of dirt and debris is critical to keeping your roof protected. Failing to perform regular maintenance on your gutters will cause moisture and humidity to penetrate the roofing system. Eventually, you’ll end up with rot, mold, and roof leaks.
Perform Visual Inspections Regularly
Schedule a time to walk around your home or building to visually inspect the roof, especially after high winds. You’ll need to check for missing or damaged shingles, general signs of wear and tear, and that the flashing is secure. Also, check for rodent or pest damage. If you see shredding or rotting, it could indicate a pest problem.
Low-hanging branches that are too close to your structure are a recipe for disaster. A strong storm could snap off a branch and collapse your roof. The result could be minor damage or more significant. Either way, you can eliminate the threat by keeping the branches trimmed back.
Remove Leaves & Moss
Leaves and moss accumulating on your roof trap moisture, which leads to decomposition, or worse, weed growth. • For leaves, use a roof rake or garden hose to remove the fallen leaves. Do not use a pressure washer. • If you notice moss, depending on how old it is, you can either sweep it off or washi it off with soap.
Prevent Ice Dams
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining off of the roof. Use a rake to keep snow off of your rooftop. However, don’t pry off the ice that has already formed. Keeping your attic adequately insulated and free of air leaks will also help prevent ice dams. You can detect the first signs of leakage by checking your attic for streaks or stain. Also, inspect around the chimney.
Protect Your Roof
By taking care to protect your roof, you’ll extend the life of your roofing and protect your home from roof-collapse and water damage. The return on investment is well worth the time and effort. Do you need a roof inspection, repair, or replacement in the Northwest Arkansas area? Call Perry Roofing Company today for a FREE estimate. 479.306.4327