Keep Your Roof in Great Shape This Year

    Keep Your Roof in Great Shape This Year

    Nov 12, 2019

    Did you know December 3rd is National Roof Over Your Head Day? We're not sure who came up with this holiday, but it seems like their heart was in the right place as it began as a way to stop and be thankful for a home to call your own. 

    Not only that, but Roof Over Your Head Day is an opportunity to check your roof. As we go into the winter season, here are some helpful tips for keeping your roof in its best shape. Plus, we've got solutions to common problems that occur and ways to fix them.  

    To avoid roof leaks, keep your gutters clean and free of debris. A clogged gutter is one of the leading causes of roof leaks and is one of the most preventable. Clogged gutters trap rain and moisture and with nowhere to go, the water buildup can cause a leak. To clean gutters properly, safely use a ladder to reach your roof and make sure protective eyewear and gloves are worn at all times. 

    Scoop out debris at the low end of the gutter and work away from the drain. Once that is done, use a hose to flush out any remaining dirt. If the leaves and debris are dry, you might be able to use a blower to clear some of it out. Finally, clear anything clogging the drain pipe. Do this at least once a year for maximum benefits, but more if you have lots of large deciduous trees around your home. 

    Next, make sure any large trees are trimmed away from your roof. Limbs that overhang can wear on the surface of your roof causing the protective layer to disintegrate which can lead to problems. 

    Branches can also fall onto your roof causing serious damage to your home and even personal safety. Tree limbs should be kept trimmed back away from the roof and any trees too close may need to be removed completely.

    Proper ventilation is crucial to roof maintenance. Warm air naturally rises so proper ventilation in your attic will ensure that moisture levels and temperatures are regulated. Vents placed at the base of your roof and near the top means warm air can escape. However, if ventilation is not properly occurring, heat and moisture can cause damage to rafters and shingles which can raise energy bills and create mold and mildew issues. With proper air movement, your roof will last longer with fewer problems.

    Routinely check the condition of roofing shingles. Spots of broken shingles can cause the underlying wood to rot and thus create holes in your roof. They can also collapse if not properly installed causing major hassles. If shingles are missing, rain and snow are directly hitting your roof with no protection and rot will occur much sooner than if shingles are protecting the area. 

    So check often and make sure your shingles are in great working order. 

    The roof is one area of our homes that we rarely think about until there is a problem. However, when problems do arise, they are often stressful and costly. Using these helpful tips, the roof over your head will stay in excellent, working condition providing shelter from the elements for years to come.