How to Properly Maintain your Roof

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How to Properly Maintain your Roof

How To Properly Maintain Your Roof

Roof Maintenance

Maintaining your roof means cleaning it regularly, conducting bi-annual inspections, and ensuring that necessary repairs are performed as soon as possible. Preventative maintenance can stop small, easy-to-fix problems from becoming costly repairs, will also prolong the roof’s life span, and will add to the home’s investment value.

How to Clean Your Roof

A dirty roof is unsightly and can reduce the home’s curb appeal and resale value. Moss, algae and mold grow regularly on roof tiles and discolor them; bird droppings, mud and dust will also accumulate. Roofs should be cleaned annually, either by a professional contractor or as part of a maintenance program.

For a DIY clean, use a solution of 50 percent water, 40 percent bleach and 10 percent general purpose household cleaner. Apply the solution using a low-pressure garden sprayer. Leave it for 20 minutes to soak off the dirt before rinsing the roof with clean water. Never use a high-pressure spray to wash the roof, as this can dislodge shingles and cause damage similar to severe weather.

Inspecting Your Roof

Regular roof inspections allow the homeowner to identify potential problems before they become more serious. Inspections should take place at least twice annually, during the spring and the fall, and should include:

Checking the interior and exterior of the roof for signs of moisture, worn spots, deterioration or aging of the sealant, changes in insulation quality and substrate firmness;
Checking flashing for any loose attachments, missing fasteners, moisture and corrosion, cracked or aging sealant;
Checking the roof penetration areas, such as pipes and other items inserted through the roof membrane, for the integrity of the seal around the entry point.

Maintenance Programs

Regular roof inspections allow the homeowner to identify potential problems before they become more serious. Inspections should take place at least twice annually, during the spring and the fall, and should include:

Checking the interior and exterior of the roof for signs of moisture, worn spots, deterioration or aging of the sealant, changes in insulation quality and substrate firmness;
Checking flashing for any loose attachments, missing fasteners, moisture and corrosion, cracked or aging sealant;
Checking the roof penetration areas, such as pipes and other items inserted through the roof membrane, for the integrity of the seal around the entry point.

Take-Aways for Properly Maintaining Your Roof

Scheduled maintenance and cleaning can preserve the roof and extend its life span, and they help homeowners save money through the early detection of problems. Maintenance programs are a cost-effective method of ensuring that inspections and cleaning take place regularly.

 

Roofing is extremely difficult for those of us with little to no construction experience, but being knowledgeable with the process is achievable by us all. Contact United Restoration with any questions you may have regarding roofing or any other home improvement topics. We love helping our Colorado communities!

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2016-10-17T18:15:06+00:00 October 11th, 2016|Roofing 101|0 Comments