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Top Tips for Roof Maintenance: Protecting Your Investment

Roof maintenance is a critical part of home maintenance. Besides scheduling a periodic roof inspection, there are other things you can do to maintain your roof. Here are some roof maintenance tips to help protect your investment. 

Residential Roof Maintenance Tips

Many people are seriously injured each year from roofing-related accidents. Some of these injuries result in death. While professional roofers account for some of these accidents, many occur because unqualified people take risks when inspecting or trying to fix their own roofs. 

There are some things you can do as a homeowner that do not require you to access your roof. However, some parts of proper maintenance require the help of a professional. 

Regular inspections

Conduct regular visual inspections of your roof at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. Look for any signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, sagging areas, or signs of leaks. Check inside your attic and home for signs of water damage. 

Clear roof debris

Keep your roof free of debris. Remove tree limbs, leaves, branches, and dirt with a broom or leaf blower. Accumulated debris can trap moisture and accelerate the deterioration of roofing materials.

Trim branches

Trim back any overhanging tree branches near your roof. Branches can rub against the roof surface, causing damage to roof shingles and providing a pathway for pests to access your home.

Check flashing 

Inspect the flashing around vent pipes, chimneys, skylights, and other roof penetrations for signs of damage or deterioration. Ensure that flashing is securely in place to prevent water intrusion.

Perform a roof inspection to find missing shingles

Repair leaks promptly

If you notice any signs of leaks, such as water stains on the ceiling or walls, address them promptly. Ignoring leaks can lead to extensive water damage and mold growth.

Clean gutters and downspouts

Regularly clean gutters and downspouts to prevent clogs and ensure proper drainage. Clogged gutters can cause water to back up onto the roof, causing ice dams. 

Inspect attic ventilation

Ensure that your attic has proper ventilation to prevent moisture buildup. Poor ventilation can lead to condensation, which can cause mold growth and damage to the roof structure. Have a professional advise you on proper insulation, as adequate ventilation is critical to roof health. 

Address moss and algae 

If you notice moss or algae growth on your roof, take steps to remove it promptly. Moss and algae can trap moisture and accelerate roof deterioration. There are various products available for safely removing moss and algae from roofs.

Schedule a professional roof inspection

Consider hiring a professional roofing contractor to conduct a comprehensive roof inspection. A professional can identify potential issues early and recommend necessary repairs or maintenance.

By following these top tips for roof maintenance, you can protect your investment in your home and ensure that your roof remains in good condition for years to come. When it’s time for a roof replacement project on your Northeastern New Jersey home, contact RJW Exteriors. RJW Exteriors is a CertainTeed Select ShingleMaster, which means you can be assured of quality installation – and the best roofing system. Contact us today to schedule an inspection of your home’s roof. 

Key Takeaways: Maintaining Your Roof’s Health

  • Perform a visual inspection at least twice per year.
  • Clear roof debris and gutters to prevent an ice dam and to protect the health of your asphalt roofing.
  • Ensure proper attic ventilation.
  • Remove moss and mold growth.
  • Schedule a periodic professional roof inspection.