Developing a well-rounded maintenance plan is an easy way to prevent a lot of headaches, stress and unnecessary residential roof repairs. If you’re unsure about how to put an effective roof maintenance plan into action, you can start by taking these three simple steps:
Stay Aware of Your Roof’s Condition
Rather than ignoring your roof until it starts leaking, you can extend its lifespan and avoid costly roof repairs by taking a proactive approach to maintenance. In addition to having an experienced roofer perform periodic in-depth checkups, you should also keep an eye on the overall condition of the roof and note concerning issues that are likely to lead to leaks. For your safety, make regular visual scans (with binoculars if necessary) from the ground to spot issues when they first occur, like curled or broken asphalt or wood shingles, damaged or misaligned slate tiles, leaky or sagging gutters, areas that look darker than the rest of the roof, or deteriorated flashing.
Keep Your Roof Clean
Debris accumulation on your roof in warmer weather, like twigs, dead leaves and pine needles, can provide a moist, sheltered environment where moss or lichen can quickly get established and thrive. Since both of these organisms can harm your roof and shorten its lifespan, have your roof cleaned periodically to get rid of the debris before damage occurs. During the winter months, it’s equally important to have heavy snow loads removed before they cause structural damage or a roof collapse. Since a thick layer of snow also acts as an insulator and increases the risk of ice dams, having it removed can help you avoid snow melt backups underneath the roofing that cause structural decay and water damage to your home’s interior.
Make Sure Your Attic has Ample Ventilation and Insulation
When it’s hot outside, the temperature in your attic can soar if you don’t have sufficient ventilation or insulation, and this can cause decking damage and premature aging of your roofing material. With adequate attic ventilation and insulation in place, it’s easier to maintain your roof year round. In addition to providing extra protection against costly damage, having ample attic ventilation and insulation can reduce your summertime cooling costs. In the winter, it can keep condensation to a minimum to help avert ice dams.
For expert residential roof repairs in the Elk Grove Village area, contact us today at Adams Roofing Professionals.