Small problems with a roof can lead to costly home repairs around; this is an undeniable fact. Most of the time homeowners pay close attention on how to take care of their home’s interiors and exteriors, or how to improve certain areas; however, they often forget or ignore the roof’s maintenance and care aspect. The roof of a house is the most exposed part to the weather conditions; therefore its deterioration occurs really fast. Moreover, a proper maintained roof is a clear proof of your house’s security and thus, the safety of your family as well as neighbors. Solid roofs are those that help keep your entire home structurally sound by preventing moisture, creating rot and mold which damage dry walls, staining ceilings and walls; these factors are potentially- deadly since they can even affect your electrical system. Based on of these reasons, in FinishBuild we have decided to address this post by explaining some helpful and proactive suggestions about the maintenance and care you can take into consideration to stay ahead of repairs and avoid worse roofing problems later.
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining” John F. Kennedy
What to Look For During the Maintenance Stage
As we have mentioned, the roof and gutters on your property can be easily neglected; regular roof maintenance is a key factor in protecting you, your family and your home from unpleasant hazards. The following are some guidelines that will help you to focus on what to look for during your roof’s maintenance stage.
- Focus on looking for missing, damaged or curling shingles, or any other type of wear and tear. Believe us, it is easier and inexpensive to replace one or two shingles than an entire roof.
- Inspect if there are signs of fungus or algae; in case you see that your roof is collecting moss, install zinc or lead control strips are good ideas.
- Check for rust signs on the metal areas of your roof; and if there are some of them, wire brush the rust, then prime and paint the metal.
- If appears to be deteriorating, seal any cracked mortar or caulking around joints and chimneys.
- Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent leakage and back- up.
- Clean debris from roofline valleys and other build- up areas.
- In case you see any signs of leaking, such as dark spots on the ceiling or mold in your attic, take action immediately (roof leaks get worse and not any better).
Maintenance Tips for Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Good maintenance of your asphalt shingle roofing is as important as any of your home’s areas. We are more than sure that you want to keep your home looking at its best and the roof should also be taken into account.
Make sure to clean debris
Leaves or garbage are very common on roofs over a period of time; remove them on a regular basis, this is at least three times or more a year, so water on your roof won’t contribute to deterioration of the asphalt.
Check for moss and algae
Formations of these two organisms can contribute to the asphalts shingles’ deterioration. To inhibit growth formations, you can use zinc or lead control strips.
You can check your roof for any shingle tabs that might have come loose; and if there is any shingles loosen, repair it with roofing cement. On the contrary, if you find that the shingles are too damaged or missing, remove and replace them as soon as possible.
Maintenance Tips for Clay Tile Roofs
Homeowners who have a clay tile roof know that it can last in excess of 100 years. Natural clay tiles are resistant and fortunately require little maintenance. However, some annual cleanup will give your entire home great appearance and protection in a small price to pay.
Clean the tiles
Cleaning the tiles is the greater part to be done; dirt, mold and algae can build up on the clay. They have small roots that burrow into the roofing material, so a good way to clean them up is by using a power washer and chlorine cleaning solution; by using this combination, you are preventing molding and algae from coming back but be careful with the power washer, the force of the spray can crack the tiles.
Sealing the tiles for more protection
Once you finish cleaning the tiles, you should cover them with a coat of alkyd primer followed by a clear acrylic sealer; this will protect your roof’s tiles from future dirt as well as make them easier to wash off in the future.
Maintenance Tips for Metal and Copper Roofs
Being one of the longest lasting roofing materials, metal and copper are known for their low maintenance; however we might remind you that there are still a few things you can do in order to keep any of these two roofing materials performing at their best.
Keep trees and bushes away from your metal or copper roof
Constant abrasion from tree limbs and bushes moved by the wind can damage the finish of a metal/ copper roof, so make sure to keep your trees trimmed and well way from your metal roof.
Reduce accumulation of debris
Rain and snow rinse way most of the leaves and debris that can fall on a roof, but certain roof configurations will need to be rinsed more from time to time. A suitably hard jet of water can push moisture past, another good idea? Use an easier method: a brush.
Gutters must be cleaned too!
Accumulations of debris in the gutter are another potential problem, because a year round contact with wet leaves in your gutter can damage your metal or copper roof. Avoid corrosion by keeping the gutters clean, and do not be afraid of using enough water, metal and copper roof are designed to shed water from rain and snow, and then dry out.
Our main purpose with this article is to highlight that regular roof maintenance is just as important for your home as regular physical exercises for your health. Roofs that are well- maintained ensure that your home will remain strong and capable of withstanding harsh weather conditions over the rest of the year. On the other hand, since roofs tend to expand and contract according to every change in the weather, cracks developing and damaging shingles will be totally normal; this is why these damages need to be quickly addressed, not to mention that taking these maintenance measures will be much more economical than a whole roof replacement. Ignoring roof issues is not a wise choice; small problems will surely quickly grow into big if left unrepaired.