Every homeowner can benefit from some basic roofing maintenance tips to keep in their back pocket. Even if you don\’t plan on doing any of the work yourself, and there are many reasons you shouldn\’t, knowledge is power.
In this article, we share several things to watch for and how to ensure your roof continues to offer you top-notch protection over time.
1. Inspect your roof regularly for damage and leaks
A good rule of thumb is to check once a month. You may get by with a self-check less often during calmer months while increasing the frequency during months of more severe weather as long as it averages out. The idea is to be vigilant and make headspace to check for damage and leaks every month. After all, 6.2 million homes suffered hail damage alone in 2020, and that\’s not the only threat your roof might face.
Now, what are some common signs of damage? And how can you spot even the smallest leaks now so they don\’t become bigger issues later?
Common signs of damage:
-Missing, cracked, or damaged shingles
-Gaps around chimneys or other openings in the roof
-Leaks inside your home
-Stains on ceilings or walls
-Pooling water on the roof
-Sagging gutters; quality gutter systems keep rain from pooling on the roof
-Look for dark spots, drips, or damp patches on ceilings and walls inside your home
-Check under eaves and around flashing for moisture or puddles
-Pay special attention to areas prone to leaks like skylights and chimneys
If you notice any signs of damage or leaks on your roof, it\’s important to take action right away. (That\’s where we come in.)
2. Keep trees trimmed away from the roof to prevent branches from damaging the shingles
It\’s easy to get so fixated on your roof that you fail to think about your surroundings. But the trees surrounding your home can actually have a big impact on the roof.
If tree branches hang over the roof, they could fall and damage the shingles during a storm. They can also rub against the roof, which can lead to wear and tear over time.
To prevent this from happening, make sure to keep trees trimmed properly. How do you trim trees properly?
-Have the right tools (e.g., chainsaws, ladders, distance poles, safety harness, protective gear, etc.)
-Take your time and work slowly if you\’re doing it yourself
-Remove any dead, diseased, or damaged limbs
-Thin out the canopy to allow sunlight and air to reach the inner branches
-Remove any limbs that are rubbing against each other or growing in a downward direction
By following these guidelines, you can help keep your trees healthy, looking great, and in a better position to not impose a risk on your roof.
3. Repair any damaged shingles as soon as possible
Over time, shingles can become cracked, faded, and even go missing altogether. Replacing damaged shingles is important not only for aesthetic reasons but also for the protection that they provide.
A small hole in your roof can quickly become a big problem if it\’s not repaired in a timely manner. Replacing shingles on your own isn\’t an easy task. It means removing the shingle by gently lifting the edges of the surrounding shingles.
Once you have access to the nails holding the shingle in place, use a nail puller or hammer to remove them. Carefully lift the damaged shingle off of the roof and discard it.
To install the new shingle, line it up with the surrounding shingles and nail it into place. Be sure to use enough nails to ensure that it is securely attached. Failure to do so can prevent the underlying material from receiving the proper protection. As a result, your roof is at risk.
Hiring a professional is a better idea. Not only can you be assured of their workmanship and have some recourse against mistakes but you also can avoid potentially placing yourself at risk by going up on the roof to do the job.
4. Make sure your roof ventilation is adequate to prevent heat buildup in the attic
Adequate roof ventilation helps to prevent heat build-up in the attic by allowing hot air to escape. It also helps to prolong the life of your roof by preventing the formation of ice dams in the winter.
Some common signs to look out for include: dampness on the underside of the roof, heat build-up during the summer months, blistering on exterior paint or wallpaper below the attic, and peeling paint in high-humidity areas like bathrooms or kitchens, and increased humidity levels in your home. If you notice any of these warning signs, it may be time to have your roof inspected by a professional.
5. Trust pros for inspections, repairs, or replacements
It\’s okay to trust your judgment to some degree. After all, knowledge is power when it comes to your home. You may not be able to fix every little thing that goes wrong, but awareness can help you jump on problems early. Even so, have a professional inspection every 3-5 years to make sure that you\’re not missing any silent roof-killers.
If you do notice any major repairs or replacements that need doing, hire a professional roofing contractor. Even if you think you can do the job yourself, a roofing contractor offers the gifts of time, dependable scheduling, quality workmanship, and quality guarantees.
Is your roof at the point where you think it could use a second look? Perhaps you\’re ready to take steps to repair, replace, or improve it? Look no further than First Out Roofing in Corinth. We serve North Texas with expertise and workmanship that speaks for itself. Contact us today with any questions or to get us out for a free quote.