Protect Your Investment: 4 Easy Steps To Care For Your Roof

Posted on: 13 April 2017

Your home is your biggest investment. To protect that investment, you want to make sure it receives the proper maintenance. Unfortunately, overlooking key aspects of home maintenance could lead to costly repairs later, and could reduce the property value. The roof is one area of home maintenance that's often overlooked. Here are four easy steps that will help you reduce roof damage and help protect your investment.

Remove Debris

You've probably seen debris on your neighbor's roofs from time to time. You might have even seen it on your roof, especially after a wind storm, or during the autumn when the leaves are falling. Debris on your roof is more than just an eyesore. That debris is actually harmful to your roof. First, debris invites moisture, which can lead to mold growth. Second, debris encourages pest nesting, which can lead to roof damage and pest infestation inside your home. To protect your roof, and your home, you should remove debris as soon as you see it collecting on your roof.

Stop Mold and Moss Growth

If you've removed debris from your roof, and found mold or moss growing on your shingles, you need to clean it up as soon as possible. Mold and moss can destroy your shingles. Fill a garden sprayer with warm water and add about 2 cups of chlorine bleach. After putting slip-resistant shoes on, climb on your roof and spray the mold and moss with your cleaning solution. Allow the solution to soak in for several minutes and then scrub the area with a stiff-bristled brush or push broom. Finally, rinse the area with your garden hose.

Repair Sun Damage

If you live in an area that experiences extreme heat during the summer, you may notice your shingles curling along the edges. That curling is caused by heat damage. To protect your roof, and prevent costly repairs, you should correct the curling as soon as possible. While the roof is warm, apply a thin layer of roofing cement to the underside of the curling shingle. Press the shingle back into place and secure it with a couple roofing nails. Repeat the process on all your curling shingles.

Clean the Gutters

If you've got rain gutters, you need to keep them clean. Dirty and clogged rain gutters can lead to roof damage, especially if the water is allowed to seep under the edges of the shingles. Before you experience water damage, clean your rain gutters. Use a small whisk broom to sweep away the debris and then wash the inside with a high-pressure garden hose.

Don't let your roof suffer unnecessary damage. Use the steps described here to keep your roof in good condition. Talk to a roofing contractor like Earhart Roofing Company Inc about other ways to protect your roof. 


A Direct Guide To Roofing

Hi, my name is Scott, and as you search through this blog, you'll learn invaluable information concerning roofs. When reading the articles, you'll learn about roof repairs, roofing materials and what's new in the roofing industry. I didn't become interested in roofing until my roof started to leak. When that happened, I started doing all types of research to find out why and where my roof was leaking. As I performed my research, I became very interested in the entire industry and even after I hired professional roofers to fix the leak, I still wanted to learn more about roofing. Since I enjoy blogging in my spare time, I decided to start a blog about roofing, and I hope that you also find the information you read interesting and useful.