For homeowners, properly maintaining your home’s roof is crucial to ensuring its durability and reducing repair and replacement costs in the future. While roofs have significant benefits of protecting homeowners from adverse weather conditions, raging elements and water leakage into a home makes roofs age. If care is not taken, damaged and aging roofs will allow leaks and mold in your household. Here are seven simple steps you can take to maintain your roof.
Perform a Complete Evaluation of the Roof
Different rooftops materials need different types of maintenance. You should identify the type of material on your roof, its age and when the last repair was made and why. A roof maintenance checklist will help determine whether it has been repaired before and how many times. This will help a homeowner avoid future damages and get excellent maintenance results. Newer roofs may have small gutter problems while an old rooftop could have critical issues like rust, cracks, and mold.
Clear Away Debris Regularly
Debris usually collects in the gutters and valleys of rooftops. As such, they cause clogging of the gutters leading to drainage issues. This may cause cracks and rusting of both the roof and gutter. Debris not only adds weight to the roof but also pools rainwater and snow. This can later promote the growth of mold and rot. However, a homeowner can clean and remove debris with their hand, leaf blower or soft brushes. You should avoid the use of pressure-washers and scraping as they can increase the damage to your roof.