Protecting Your Roof from Leaking

The roof is your first line of defense, and it protects you and everyone in your home against the wind, rain, snow, and sleet. The roof has to be healthy and should be a critical part of home maintenance. Here are some essential steps to help maintain your roof:

 

Take A Look

One of the easiest things you can do to take good care of your roof is to look at it regularly. You do not have to wait for an annual home inspection to check the health of your roof. You can check it for yourself every month or two to see if any issues can lead to leaking. See if there are missing or defective shingles, damaged flashing around chimneys and vents, or cracked or worn caulk. The more you look, the more likely you will be able to spot potential problems and fix them before developing into something serious.

 

Keep it Clean

Leaves, sticks, moss, and other organic material that sit on your roof for a long period can damage your roof. You can brush or soft wash debris off the roof.

 

Maintain Your Gutters

 

Gutters direct water away from your roof, which is why they must function correctly to prevent major roof damage. Gutters must be securely attached, have a proper slope, and remain free of debris and clogs. When the gutters are not correctly functioning, the water stays on your roof, which can eventually lead to leakage. Heavy, water-logged gutters can compromise the integrity of the shingles along the edge. Keeping your gutters clean helps prevent significant damage to your roof.

 

Visit the Attic

A regular visit to the attic is a great way to identify if there are any problems with your roof. You can look if there are any dark, wet spots in the attic because this can be an obvious sign of a leak. Check also for a musty smell that can signify mold growing in the attic. Remember that mold grows on damp surfaces. The presence of mold in the attic can represent roof leakage. When you are in the attic, light peeking through is a sure sign of a hole in your roof.

Keep the Perimeter Clear

Trees can potentially damage your roof. Branches can scratch and gouge roofing materials, especially when blown across the roof’s surface by the wind. Falling branches can potentially puncture and damage your roof. It can clog gutters, along with falling leaves. When the gutters are clogged, the water can overflow into the attic or behind the fascia. The shade trees can be helpful, especially during the summer; however, they can also lead to mold growth. This is why it is essential to trim the trees around your home regularly to protect your roof from any potential damage it can cause. 

 

These steps can help you maintain your roof and avoid leaks. A professional check of your roof health is essential, and the Inspection Boys are here to help you keep your roof in shape. Call us now!

 

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