Davis Roofing: Article About Seasonal Roof Maintenance
It's said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is very true when it comes to keeping a roof in good repair. Industry experts advise that a roof should be inspected at least twice yearly, typically in the spring and the fall, to catch any small problems before they turn into big headaches.
In the event of curling or loose shingles, or damaged flashing around roof accessories like chimneys and vents, consider calling a Davis roofing professional to have these problems addressed as soon as possible. If needed repairs are postponed and water gets into the roofing system, the cost of repairs can rapidly multiply. There are also preventative things that a homeowner can do to keep the roof in the best condition possible, which in turn will extend the life of the roof.
Remove any leaves that have accumulated on the roof and in the gutters. Piles of leaves will trap moisture underneath them, which can rot the roofing material below and cause water to seep through the roofing system. A leaf blower can be used on dry leaves, or a homeowner can use a specialty tool such as a roof leaf rake. This is an extra long rake designed for removing leaves from roofs. If leaves are too wet to easily remove with a rake or leaf blower, they can be washed off with a garden house.
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However, don't use a pressure washer; the force of the water can lift shingles and allow water to get underneath.
Check the roof for moss and algae. Black algae, while unsightly, doesn't usually do any damage to the roof. It can be washed off with a little bleach mixed with water. If a homeowner finds moss on the roof, it needs to be taken off. Moss will retain water, which can cause damage to the roof. If it can't be swept off, use a specialty product from a home improvement store to kill off the moss. Zinc strips can be installed to prevent moss regrowth.
Check the roof for any signs of pooling water. This can be due to structural issues with the roof and will require the services of a professional roofer to correct. Replace any missing or loose shingles and remove old bird nests. Not only can bird droppings eat away at roofing materials due to their high acid content, but bird nests, comprised mainly of twigs and straw, can create fire hazards, in addition to blocking gutters and storm drains. Timely inspection and some basic maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of a roof.