General Roofing Maintenance and Repair Tips for Homeowners

Although none of us can imagine what it would be like to live in a house that didn’t have a roof on top of it, the reality is that our roofs tend to be something that we don’t give much thought to. That is until we notice that there are some shingles missing from it or we see water rings on our ceilings as a result of leakage in our attics. The bad news is that by the time these signs present themselves, sometimes it can result in paying for costly repairs.

In order to avoid this from being an issue in your home, if you’d like to know some general roofing maintenance and repair tips that all homeowners should apply, here are five that will keep your roof in great shape—year round.

Check the shingles. The first thing that you should make a practice of doing every couple of months is to check your roof for any signs of missing shingles. If you happen to notice that a few of them are no longer there and you’re comfortable being on top of your roof, you can usually replace those yourself. One website that can walk you through the steps of how to do so is Instructables. Just go to the site and put “replace damaged shingles” in the search field. Do take note that if you’re missing more than a few, you should probably contact a professional roofer.

Look for signs of fungus or algae. If your roof has signs of fungus or algae growing on it and it goes untreated, eventually that will do a lot of damage to your roof – to the point that you might need to have it replaced. Being that a new roof is pretty expensive, try and impede the growth of fungus and algae by installing control strips that are made out of zinc. This Old House is one website that has a video about how to apply these particular strips. Just go to the site and put “preventing moss with zinc strips” in the search field.

Examine the flashing. Something else that’s important to examine is the flashing that’s on your roof. If you notice that it doesn’t appear to be solid, in most cases, there’s a simple solution. All you need to do is remove the old caulking and clean the area. Then reseal it. For instructions on how to reseal flashing, go to Do It Yourself and put “how to seal roof flashing” in the search field.

Inspect the chimney or joints. Speaking of the need for caulking, if you’ve been having a problem with a leaky roof, it might be because there is either cracked mortar or cracked caulking around the joints or your chimney. If that’s the case, this is something that you shouldn’t attempt to repair on your own. It really is best to contact a professional roofing company to come out and assist you.

Include the roof with your landscaping. If you were to go onto a website such as for tips on how to keep your roof in tip-top shape, one of the things that you might read is that it’s a good idea to factor in your roof with your landscaping. Trim the branches of the trees close to your house so that they will not scratch your roof’s shingles. Sweep debris off of your roof every few months. Make sure to clean out your gutters once a season. And if you happen to get a lot of snow during the winter season, use a rake to remove it off your roof. That way, the weight of the melting snow won’t cause your roof to collapse. For information on the best kind of snow rake to buy, visit your local home improvement store.

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