Roof replacement is an eventuality that every property owner has to accept. However, there are certain maintenance practices that can help optimize the lifespan of roofing system and avoid its premature replacement.
Here are some roof maintenance tips you must act on if you do not want to be tearing down the home or commercial roofing sooner than you should.
- Have bi-yearly roof inspections
Spring and fall roof inspections go a long way in maintaining the roofing system in tip-top condition. Budding issues can be resolved while still small.
- Get overhanging tree branches trimmed
Overextending branches of trees growing close to the building should be trimmed back so that fallen leaves do not hold in moisture in roof valleys and broken limbs do not damage the roof.
- Have the roof cleaned regularly
At least bi-annual roof cleaning is recommended so that accumulation of dirt, pine needles, leaves and other debris does not trap moisture, leading to roof damage.
- Keep the gutters clean and free-flowing
Cleaning of gutters every few months does not keep the guttering in good shape, but also enhances the longevity of roofing system by preventing moisture seeping into the roof sheathing and rafters.
- Replace roof shingles, tiles and sealants in time
Wear and tear of roof sealant, and damaged roof tile or shingle must not be ignored. Get these replaced quickly to preserve the structural integrity of your roofing system.
- Prevent mold growth and snow pileup on the roof
Make sure of timely snow removal from the roof. Black streaks on the roofing that indicate mold and mildew growth should also be dealt with promptly. Do not let your roof shingles rot.
- Always inspect the roof after heavy storm
Storm damage is a leading cause for roof replacement. Diligent inspection of the roofing system on the outside after every big storm is essential for knowing if there is any need for replacing a broken tile or missing shingle, and repairing any other damage.
- Do not ignore cracked mortar on chimney
The mortar that binds the chimney bricks together should not be cracked or missing. Get in fixed if it so to prevent the bricks from falling down and damaging the roof.
- Get missing caulk around flashings replaced
The flashing around the vent pipes and chimney on the roof is installed to prevent water leaks into the property. If the caulk sealing the flashing is found lifting up or gone missing during an inspection, get it replaced immediately.
- Hire trusted experts for roof maintenance and repairs
Let only seasoned roofers inspect, clean, repair or replace your roofing system. The most critical structural element of your property deserves only the finest possible professional attention.
Make Tedrick’s Roofing your first and only call for residential and commercial roofing services. Our company serves Auburn, WA and the nearby communities. Contact us at (206) 222-3150 for a free estimate on roof maintenance job.