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Roofing Maintenance Tips

Roof Maintenance TipsWe are starting to get warmer weather here in Arizona and with that comes trees blooming, and families enjoying the outdoors. Most people take this time to do cleaning and develop projects for makeovers to their landscape and cleaning checklists that include the garage, sheds, yards or using their gardening skills to add new plants and trees to enjoy once summer arrives. Rarely do people remember to add the roof to the cleaning checklist. However, it is important to not forget or neglect it, especially after winter when it has endured harsh weather. Here are just a few tips on how to keep up maintenance and help extend the lifespan of your roof.

 

Trim Trees

Property safety is one of the many reasons why it is important to trim your trees. Trees with overgrown, dead, diseased or infested branches pose a risk to your property and your home. The risks increase during heavy winds or severe storms, the limbs can fall easily, and cause damage by scratching, gouging or puncturing your roof system. Maintaining trimmed trees around your home can help extend the lifespan of your roof.

Clean Gutters

Gutters are an integral part of your home. Their function is to allow a controlled flow of rainwater to protect the roof, walls, foundation, and landscape of your home. If ignored, gutters can turn from a necessity to a costly headache. Things like leaves, sticks and other debris can clog your home’s gutters, if not cleaned it can cause roof leaks or water damage in the interior or exterior of your home. It is recommended to have gutters cleaned at least twice a year (in spring and fall). Most homeowners take it upon themselves to clean the gutters if you decide to do it yourself make sure you are always taking the necessary safety precautions, or you can always call in a professional to get it done.

Prevent Roof Algae and Moss

Sometimes things can appear invisible but it does not mean that there are no problems on your roof, or things may appear to only be an aesthetic problem, for example, things can make your roof appear blotchy and stained with dark blue and green splotches on parts of your roof. We are talking about algae or moss on your roof, and it can greatly decrease the life of your roof and can increase the need for a roof replacement sooner than expected. They can lead to gutter and shingle damage as well.

Visual Inspections from the Ground

Look for the following problem areas. Missing or buckling shingles. It is easier to recognize missing shingles than buckling ones from the ground, to recognize them lookout for shingles that aren’t laying flat on your roof. Damaged drip edge. When the drip edge is damaged it can lead to potential water damage, which may cause the roof, deck, and fascia board to erode over time. Missing or Loose Flashing. Often roof leaks are in and around the metal roof flashing that protects roof edges, valleys, the junctions between roofing and obstructions such as chimneys, dormers and vent pipes. In addition to the previous parts of the roof also, look out for missing or exposed fasteners, sagging or broken gutters and piles of granules.

Roofing Maintenance Tips

If you determine that you need a professional to assist with your roof, call us, Capstone Roofing can do a roof inspection at any time, and if you need to do roofing repairs, or even do a complete roof replacement we are here.

published on Monday, April 13th, 2020