Every year certain tasks need to be completed around the home. Car registrations and insurance need to be renewed each year. One must remember to schedule their yearly physical and dental appointments. Yet, somehow, home maintenance seems to be pushed off to the side of the yearly checklist of chores. Yearly maintenance of your home roof will help extend the life of your roof and protect your home from any potential damage or larger maintenance costs. Florida roofs can be inspected any time of year, while Tennessee roof maintenance is recommended to wait until spring, to allow for any winter snow storms to pass.
Follow these steps for proper roof maintenance care.
- Interior Roof Check – Before you climb the ladder to the rooftop, take a look at the roof from the inside. Look for any spots that have signs of water damage such as mold, mildew, or water stains. If you find any of these, address them, but also note the location for the outside roof inspection.
- Debris Removal on the Rooftop – Climb onto your home roof and take a look. As you inspect all parts of the roof make sure you remove anything that might have gathered within any corners of the chimney or skylights. The roof should be clear of all trash, leaves, and rocks. Leaving debris on the roof can potentially lead to water accumulation and early roof damage. If you see any spots with damage make sure to address it so you do not have any gaping holes in your roof that could lead to bigger issues. Throughout the year, Florida roofs should also be checked after large rainstorms or hurricanes for any fallen debris. Tennessee roofs should be checked if any snow storms come through their area.
- Check Expansion Joints, Sealants, and Caulking – Glance at the joints on the roof and inspect for any gaps or tears that need to be repaired. After reviewing the joints, look at the sealants and caulking, and make sure they are working. All these points on the roof around the chimney and pipes should be tight to protect your roof and home from water damage.
- Clean Gutters and Drains — Throughout the year, leaves and twigs fall onto the roof during storms and can clog your gutters and drains. Clean all the debris you see in the gutter to make a clear path to the drains. Once the gutters are clear, test out the drains by flowing water to confirm nothing is stuck or blocking water flow. This water flow test will also show if there are any leaks that need repair in the gutter or drains, which should be addressed immediately.
- Maintain Landscaping – Trim back the trees that grow close to your home roof. Trimming back the trees will help prevent leaves and other debris from collecting on your roof and gutters.
Adding roof maintenance to your spring-cleaning checklist is a great habit to prolong the life of your roof. The small investment of your time to check out your roof each year can save from major roof repairs in the future. Don’t put this important task off until major issues, such as a leak, materialize in the roof — by then it may be too late to fix the issue.
For more information or assistance with your Florida or Tennessee roof maintenance – contact us – we are here and ready to help!