Your roof is exposed to constant wear and tear from the sun, wind, and weather conditions. In addition to caring for your home's landscaping and concrete surfaces, it is also important to take care of the condition of your roof and its surrounding drainage systems. Here are some projects you can complete this spring to repair and maintain your home's roof.
Check and Repair Roof Problems
Although getting up on your roof to check its condition might not be your favorite task for outside maintenance, it is a good idea to have someone handle the task for you if you are not able to do so safely. Safety while getting up on your roof is the number one detail before you even consider the task, so if you get up on your roof, be sure you have someone to hold the ladder for you and you wear rubber-soled shoes with good traction and only get up on the roof during fair weather. Otherwise, hire a roofing professional to inspect your roof for damage and complete repairs.
From the safety of the ground, you might see indications of roof damage that can appear as missing and cracked shingles or an area of shingles that have begun to curl up on their edges. Then, from the ground around your roof's downspouts, if you notice a large number of roofing granules after a storm; this can mean your roof is aging and needs replacement. It is the roofing granules on your roof's surface that protect your shingles, and when they come loose from damage, they don't protect the roof's underlayers.
Your roofing professional can replace missing shingles and remove and replace single damaged shingles. However, if your roof is beginning to age in many areas, it is best to get a full replacement to protect the integrity of your home's interior.
Clean Your Roof
It is equally important to keep your roof clean of debris from trees and blowing trash during and after storms. When any material, whether it is organic or inorganic remains on your shingles, it traps moisture between it and your shingles, which causes the shingles to rot. And a tree limb on your roof can scratch and damage your shingles, leaving areas of your roof exposed to further moisture intrusion.
A professional roof cleaning service can clean off your roof of debris and also mold and moss that can grow. They will use a gentle pressure sprayer to remove the debris and residues, then clean out your roof's gutters. When your gutters get clogged, they allow water to back up onto your roof and drain over the gutter's edges, causing damage to the roof and to the foundation around your home.
Consider looking for roofing services like those provided by A-1 Roofing Inc in your local area.