The condition of your roof and its rain gutters are all important components for your home and its exterior protection. There are some regular inspections, cleaning, and servicing you should do or hire to be completed to your roof to ensure a long-lasting roof. Here are some common types of roofing services you can complete on your home's roof to keep its condition in good repair.
Shingle Inspection and Cleaning
The shingles on your roof are the first barrier in the defense of your home's protection. Aging, loose, or missing shingles can cause a large area of damage in your attic and interior ceiling and walls, leading to mold growth. Keep an eye on your roof's condition by safely accessing it with a ladder, or hire a roofing professional to check it if you notice any signs of damage. Damage can include shingles that have blown into your yard and visibly cracked or otherwise damaged shingles.
Your roofing contactors can take a close look at your roof and inspect the flashing, drip edge, and any areas where damage is most common, such as in roof valleys and along the edge where ice dams form in winter. They can also make sure your roof is not missing any shingles or granules from the shingles' surface. This can occur from hail damage or improper shingle cleaning.
When you need to clean your shingles from algae stains, be sure you hire a service professional who will use gentle cleaning sprays to remove the residue and protect your roof from further stains. Stains on your roof from algae and moss can occur naturally when the shingles remain moist and are shaded by nearby trees. Be aware of these conditions so you can take care of them in a timely manner and prevent roof damage.
Although you might not consider your rain gutters as a part of your home's roof, they participate in an important service to your home. Not only do they allow snowmelt and rainfall to drain from your roof, but they also keep your home's foundation safe from excessive runoff and saturation.
When you allow your gutters to fill with debris and leaves over a period of time, they will fill and become clogged so rain cannot flow off your roof. This can lead to roof saturation from a gutter backup and moisture dripping off the edge of your roof where it will seep into your basement.
Your roofing professional can check and clean out your rain gutters on a regular basis. If they are in need of repairs from sagging, cracks, or missing attachments, they will be able to repair or replace them.