Your roof is an important investment because it protects your home from inclement weather, bugs, animals, and so much more. Still, most homeowners neglect the upkeep of their roof until they experience a storm or spot a leak. By then, your roof may need to be replaced or require costly repairs, which could’ve been avoided or more affordable with the proper maintenance. Repairs take less time and cost less money when your roof is already in good condition. A roof can last up to 25 years with proper maintenance. Here are a few tips to extend the life of your roof!
Do a Visual Inspection From the Ground
You should check on your roof at least twice a year. It’s also important to inspect your roof after a heavy storm or high winds come through your neighborhood. You can inspect your roof from the ground if you know what to look for, and a pair of binoculars will help you get a better look. Some things to look for are:
- Lifting, curling, cracked, or missing shingles
- Sagging, broken, or clogged gutters
- Buckling, loose, or missing flashing
If you see any of these problems you should contact the experts at CK Roofing to get a professional assessment, and safely make the necessary repairs.
Clean your Gutters
If your gutters are draining slowly or not at all you may have some clogs. This happens naturally over time. Experts recommend cleaning them out twice a year especially around early fall. Clogs can cause the gutters to become heavy and pull on your roof, making it easy for water to seep under your roof.
Trim the Trees Around your Roof
Overgrown tree branches can cause major problems for your roof. They might scrape your roof and cause damage to the shingles or make holes. Tree branches hanging over your roof are also at risk of falling on your roof amid high wind speeds or stormy weather. Trimming branches away from your roof will also reduce the number of leaves that end up absorbing moisture on your roof, and in your gutters.
Check for Leaks in your Attic or Ceilings
You should be checking your ceilings and attic for signs of water damage regularly. The most common warning signs of a leak are:
- Musty odors in rooms
- Water stains or bubbling paint on your ceiling
- Spots on exterior walls
If you do spot any of these make sure to contact your roofing professional as soon as possible. Unfortunately, an untreated leak won’t go away on its own, and will only become a more costly repair later.
Remove Debris From Your Roof
Debris such as leaves, small tree limbs, or sticks can damage your roof over time and cause algae to grow. That algae can quickly turn into wood rot. This small action can help increase your roof’s lifespan.
At CK Roofing we understand the role your roof plays not only in maintaining the structural integrity of your home, but also in keeping those who live there safe. Our GAF certified roofers are committed to providing you with excellent customer service and long-lasting results. The experts at CK roofing can handle your roof installation, upgrades, repairs, and inspections with ease. Whether you’re in need of a comprehensive roof inspection or a quick repair, our team can do the job right. Visit our website or give us a call at (281) 747-5547 to schedule your consultation today!