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.
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.Share