Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against the elements. Whether it’s blazing sunshine, afternoon showers or a winter blizzard, your roof keeps your home safe and dry. All of these inclement conditions do mean that in time your roof is bound to show wear and tear and will need to be repaired or replaced.
What are some ways that you can keep your roof in the best possible condition so that it continues to do its job well? Read on to find out.
Check for and address leaks
The primary purpose of a roof is to keep your home dry. If there are leaks in your roof, it isn’t doing its job. Obviously if there are large leaks in your home, you’re bound to know it every time a storm comes around, but often small leaks go unnoticed, especially if you have an attic. Schedule a time once a year (during the rainiest season is a good option) to go into your attic or check your ceilings for moisture, mold, or discoloration that could indicate that water is leaking into your home. Then, examine your roof for lifted or loose shingles or nails that need to be replaced.
Worn through shingles in multiple areas of your roof may be an indication that it’s time to replace the roof altogether. If you aren’t sure if it’s time for a replacement, it’s always best to hire a professional.
Remove moss and mold
A buildup of moss or mold can prevent a roof from efficiently directly water away from your home and can weaken a roof over time. There are plenty of moss and mold removers that you can purchase at a home improvement store that are suitable for use with your roof. Make sure to follow the directions on the packaging carefully to prevent any damage.
Seal chimneys, skylights, and vents
Chimneys and other areas where your roof attaches to an external structure are common areas for leaks. In an annual check of your roof always pay special attention to these areas looking for gaps or any places where shingles are peeling back or coming detached. Seal chimneys and skylights with a water repellant product. Performing this task on a regular basis will help improve the longevity and integrity of your roof.
Choosing a Qualified Roof Repair Specialist
Even if you take all the necessary precautions to maintain your roof in the best possible condition, with time there will become a moment when your roof needs professional attention. When this happens, it’s imperative that you find a qualified roofing expert to diagnose problems and make any repairs. Ask around with friends and neighbors for recommendations of any roof specialists they’ve had good experiences with before. You can also conduct your search online looking for professionals who have a good record of quality work and superior customer service. Your roof is one of the most important structural features of your home, so it’s worth your while to take care of it and give it the attention it deserves.