The roof protects the building from harsh weather conditions, bugs, wild animals, and falling debris. But people rarely think about the roof until it’s too late. Every year, many homeowners replace their roof because it’s been damaged or it’s reached the end of its lifespan. Even though all roofs eventually need to be replaced, there are several roof maintenance tips homeowners can use to help ensure their roof lasts longer.
Trim Nearby Trees
Branches hanging over or near the house can lead to increased debris on the roof. Nearby branches can also fall off, which can scratch or gouge the roof. Homeowners should trim and remove any branches that are close to their house to help prevent damage to the roof.
Debris can accumulate over time, especially in winter. Debris increases the wear and tear on the roof. Homeowners should check for and remove debris regularly if it’s safe to do so. If not, they should enlist the help of roofing professionals.
Regular Inspections and Repairs
Homeowners should regularly inspect their roof and ceilings for damages. Stains or mold on the ceiling or walls often indicate that the roof is leaking. Homeowners should periodically check for missing, loose, or lifted shingles as well as loose or missing bolts and nails. Homeowners should also have professionals inspect their roof regularly since different types of roofs require varying repairs and maintenance services.
Inspect Specific Roof Components
Many homeowners forget to check roof components such as skylights, chimneys, and vent openings. These are important parts of the roof as they are more prone to damage than the rest of the roof and can lead to significant roof maintenance issues. Homeowners should ensure that there aren’t any leaks or loose shingles around these areas.
If you’ve noticed issues with your roof, the roofing professionals at CC & L Roofing CO. can inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs. We’re the leaders in tile and clay roofing in Portland, Oregon and S.W. Washington, with over 40 years of experience. To learn more about our roofing services, contact us at (503) 774-0928.