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5 Roof Maintenance Tips All Homeowners Should Know

When it comes to the roof of your home, we know that maintenance is the key to longevity. Here are our top five roof maintenance tips we think all homeowners should know…and do!

Check Your Shingles

Shingles are your first line of defense when it comes to keeping the weather outside. You should routinely check your shingles for the following:

  1. Missing Shingles

  2. Curling Shingles

  3. Cracked Shingles

If you notice missing shingles, you can replace them yourself. But if there are several missing, it’s time to call in a professional.

If your shingles are cracked or are curling, you should have your roof inspected. Cracked or curled shingles are usually a sign of deterioration that should be addressed.

Trim Branches Around Your Roof

We live amongst some of the most beautiful trees, but their branches can wreak havoc on your roof. Especially if you have tree branches resting on your roof.

We recommend you keep them trimmed and off your roof. This is the best way to enjoy their benefits while protecting your home.

Keep Your Roof Clean

In addition to keeping your roof clear of tree branches, you want to keep it clean – especially from moss and mildew. When moss growth becomes excessive, its roots can work their way under your shingles, causing them to curl. The moss also acts like a sponge and allows any moisture to sit and deteriorate your shingles.

Don’t Forget About Gutters!

Gutters work hard to keep water away from your roof and the foundation of your home. They can only do their job when they are clean and clear. Debris can accumulate quickly, so check them at least twice a year.

Pay Attention to Ventilation

In your attic, you likely have intake vents that are located along the soffits, and exhaust vents that are located at the peak of your roof. These two components work together to keep the air circulating throughout the space.

Proper ventilation ensures that any excess heat and moisture is not an issue in your home. Heat and moisture buildup cause problems like mold, deterioration of your insulation, and issues with your roof and shingles.

If you need help with any of the following, we offer free inspections and estimates. Give us a call today, we look forward to helping you make the decision that’s right for you.

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