Stay On Top Of It: 4 Steps To Protect Your Roof

It can be quite expensive to replace a roof. That's why it's so important that you provide proper maintenance. With the right care, you can extend the life of your roof. Most of the maintenance your roof will need can be taken care of as do-it-yourself projects. Here are four simple tips that will help you protect your roof and prevent costly repairs or replacement.

Inspect It Often

One of the simplest ways to prevent extensive roof damage is to inspect it at least twice a year. To improve the effectiveness, you should also inspect after each severe storm – including, wind, rain and hail. Frequent inspections will allow you to identify minor problems, and get them taken care of, before they develop into costlier problems. You don't have to climb on the roof to get a good view, either. All you need to do is use a pair of binoculars. The binoculars will allow you to conduct a thorough inspection of your roof without leaving the ground.

Don't Ignore the Missing or Damaged Shingles

You might think that one missing shingle or damaged isn't much to worry about but it is. Just one missing or damaged shingle can allow moisture, dirt, oil and even insects to penetrate under the surrounding shingles. If you located problems with your shingles during your inspection, you should have your roof repaired as soon as possible. Replacing one or two shingles as soon as you lose them will reduce the need for more extensive repairs later on.

Avoid Power Washers

To keep your roof in good condition, it should be cleaned from time to time. A good cleaning will remove mold and other contaminants that can damage your roof. When cleaning your roof, however, you should avoid using a power washer. It might seem that a power washer would provide you with a more thorough cleaning. However, the pressure of the water can actually damage your roof by forcing water under the seams of your shingles or tiles. Not only that but if you have asphalt shingles that are aging, the pressure of the water could cause them to tear.

Keep Your Trees Trimmed

If you have trees growing near your home, it's important that you keep them trimmed away from the roof. Branches that rest up against the house can brush back and forth on the roof, causing scratches and gouges in your roofing material. Not only that but the branches can provide a perfect access point for rodents and insects that can chew on your roofing material and destroy it.

You can avoid costly roof repairs by following the maintenance tips provided above. For information on how to extend the life of your roof, be sure to speak to a roofing contractor such as Fischer Roofing - Flat Roof Pros.