What every homeowner should know about roof maintenance

Photo of a roof line.

New roofs last about 15 to 30 years, depending on their materials. So you may not have to worry about replacing your copper, slate, or tile roof for more than 30 years. However, it’s not a good idea to let your roof go unattended for long periods before you give it some attention. It is essential to maintain your roof to ensure its longevity. By following these six roofing tips, you’ll have an easier time maximizing the lifespan of your roof.

Check on your shingles

Shingles first protect roofs. A roof’s shingles are also the most visible and apparent signs of roofing problems. As a result, they are tough. For several hours a day, they are exposed to direct sunlight. Other extreme weather conditions, including hail storms, are no match for shingles.

Checking up on your shingles frequently, especially after a storm or high winds, is crucial if you want to protect your investment. Your shingles won’t need to be inspected from a ladder. If you want to get a close-up without risking your safety, you should invest in a good pair of binoculars. Look for any signs of deterioration and contact a roofing company when you notice signs of shingle damage. You can’t ignore this problem, which may lead to expensive roof repairs.

Watch out for leaks

A ceiling or attic with water stains may have roof damage. Having a leaky roof doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve seen water stains on your walls or ceiling. Leaks can be sneaky, so you might not even know you have a leak. Musty odors often indicate leaks. Your home’s exterior can also be a clue if you have water pots. Sometimes, homeowners think there is no problem with an old water stain. You should contact a roofing company to repair the roof as soon as possible.

Roofs need to be kept clean

In time, your brand-new roof will start to look dingy. Dark streaks may even appear on the shingles. Roof algae cause those streaks. Algae, when left to grow, can eventually rot the shingles if not removed. Roof care should include cleaning the roof. A garden hose will work; expensive cleaning solutions aren’t necessary. There is a good chance that you have seen neighbors using pressure washers to clean their roofs. Unless you are an expert with pressure washers and know precisely how to use one without damaging shingles, it is best to use the hose’s gentle stream.

Clean your gutters regularly

Roof maintenance requires gutter cleaning, which isn’t everyone’s idea of fun weekend activity. It is common for gutters to back up and pool water on your roof or seep underneath if they are full of leaves and debris. Wood rots when water seeps into a roof’s structure. The damage to your roof will be significant, and you’ll have to pay a large amount to repair it.

Clear low-hanging tree branches

Trees around a house provide shade, privacy, and curb appeal. You can face many problems if you plant trees too close to your home. Keeping tree branches away from your house will prevent them from falling over your roof. Air should be able to pass between branches hanging over the top at a minimum.

Most repairs caused by tree branches are the responsibility of the homeowner. Insurance may cover damage if a tree falls on the roof during a storm but not damage caused by low-hanging branches.

Inspect and replace caulk as needed

Checking caulk is another crucial aspect of roofing maintenance. An installation project’s final step is attaching flashing around vent pipes and chimneys. As a result, your home won’t leak water.

Sealing around flashing is done with caulk. Ensure that the caulk is inspected every year. Let your roofing company check it for you when you cannot see the caulk from the ground or use a ladder safely. Around the flashing, the caulk may lift. The chimney or vent pipe might be missing entirely, leaving gaps where water can penetrate.

It is common for roofing contractors to work with these materials daily. It would be best if you allowed the professionals to handle re-caulking to ensure you are safe.

Do you need a roof replacement?

After inspecting your roof, you may have areas of concern. EDCA Roofing is here to help if you need your roof replaced. We offer both residential and commercial roofing services in the greater Seattle area. Contact us today for a quote.