Roof replacement costs range from $5,570 up to $11,415 so it is important to maintain this structural element for as long as you can. Here are nine roof maintenance tips.
Roof Maintenance Tips You Need To Know
1. Keep an eye on your Shingles
You should schedule a shingle inspection at least once a year. Additional roof inspections are necessary after major weather events like wind, rain, or the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
If you don’t own a drone, take a pair of binoculars to inspect your shingles. Look for any missing, curled, cracked, or lost granules. Call a professional roof inspector to inspect any damage.
2. Get rid of all the junk
Clear away leaves, branches, and any other debris from your roof. A power washer should not be used to clean your roof. You should hire a professional to clean your roof with a broom and leaf blower.
3. Make sure to clean your gutters
Over time leaves can block gutters, making it impossible for them to carry water away from your foundation. It could lead to foundation damage that is more costly than purchasing a ladder, gloves and a trowel. Your gutters and downspouts should be cleaned twice a year: once in spring, once in fall.
4. Get rid of unwanted Moss
Algae can grow on roofs, and it’s not harmful. If you don’t like its appearance, you can clean it with a mixture of water and bleach. If you suspect you may have found moss, mold, or fungi, it is possible to cause roof damage.
Regularly clean your roof with a cleaning product (there are many that can be used for this purpose) and then install zinc- or copper coated sheet metal on each side. Rain can carry nanoparticles down your roof. This prevents moss, lichens and other plants from calling it home. The metal sheets can be installed by a local roofer for around $300.
5. Prune Trees
Tree limbs can be cut back to increase sunlight and prevent algae and moss from growing. Also, long tree branches can cause damage to your shingles especially during extreme weather or nights with high winds. Rodents and other creatures can also get into your roof from branches that hang above it. To prevent unwanted creatures from setting up shop, keep branches at least 10ft from your roof.
6. The Chimney
Check your chimney regularly for cracks and missing mortar. Bricks that are missing or cracked can cause your roof’s structural integrity to be compromised.
7. Prevent Ice Dams
You can prevent ice buildup by tearing down gutters and allowing water to leak into your home. A long-handled roofrake is used to remove snow from your roof. Fill one leg of an old pair of pantyhose with a calcium-based ice melting agent if the ice dam is already formed. The “leg” should be pushed onto the roof, so that it crosses the dam and hangs above the gutter. The calcium chloride melts and creates a channel that allows water to flow from the roof.
8. Ventilate the Attic
Our last tip is that ice dams are more common in areas where there is not enough ventilation. Insufficient ventilation can lead to heat damage and mold. Insufficient ventilation can make your attic too warm in summer, which could lead to higher air conditioning costs.
9. Protect Your Roof
Consider replacing your roof with a reinforced one if you are at the point where you have to do so. These roofs are made for extreme weather conditions like tornadoes and hurricanes. They also have seal decks that reduce water infiltration. Ring-shank nails are used to prevent wind uplift and metal flashing is used to secure the edges. For this upgrade, you can expect to spend an additional $700-1,200 to roof a 1,500-square-foot home.
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