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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Roof Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

While not every homeowner is an expert when it comes to roofing, there are easy ways to help maintain the life of any residential roofing. Here is a look at the proper measures every homeowner can take to maintaining the life of their roofs.

Seasonal Inspections

Inspections can be done visually or by actually walking around on the roof. Be sure to check that all the materials on the roof are fastened securely. Look out for any loose flashing, shingles, nails or screws. Inspections can also extend to hiring a professional roofer to take a look around every year or so. Don’t wait until there is a hole in your roof to call a roofing contractor.

Clean Gutters

It is good idea to use a hose to pour water into the gutter every now and then. This eliminates any leftover debris and it will also let you know if there are any clogs in the downspout. If the water does not drain properly, use a snake to clear the clog or contact a roofer. A backed up gutter can cause a variety of problems.

Stay Away From Power Washing

Over the seasons, weather can cause algae and moss to grow on parts of a roof. The common solution would be to power wash that algae and moss away. However, the life of a roof is decreased with power washing. This method will actually wash some of your roof away, even parts that have not sustained any damage. There are specially made chemicals and DIY solutions that can be used in place of a damaging pressure cleaner.

Do Not Paint

Painting shingles may seem like a feasible solution when those shingles begin to show signs of wear. But adding paint on top of shingles will cause them to crack and wear down much quicker. If the shingles look that bad, then it may be time to consider roof replacement.

Check the Humidity

Excessive humidity can cause quite a bit of damage to a roof as it provides an ideal place for mold to grow. Regularly checking the functionality of any fans and vents is recommended, particularly in the summer, or for people living in warmer climates. Proper ventilation in the interior is just as important as durability is to the exterior of the roof.

Preventative maintenance can always be done by the team of professionals at Rose Roofing Charlotte. When you are looking for the best roofing contractor Charlotte, NC has to offer, look no further than Rose Roofing. Roof repair and roof replacement is available for all types of residential roofing.