6 Maintenance tips to keep your roof healthy
How important a roof is to every building cannot be overstated. But same as everything else on your property, with time, a roof will wear out and offer less protection. To ensure your roof stays in top shape for as long as possible, use the following tips from a Trusted Ottawa Roofing Company
- Watch your shingles
Missing or damaged shingles can lead to a leaking roof. And roof leakages only get worse for every moment they go unrepaired. By simply cleaning your shingles and ensuring they stay dirt free, you can minimize moss, fungal, algae, and lichen growth that weaken and damage roofs. Missing or broken shingles should also be replaced fast.
- Fix broken roof sealant
As often as you can, be sure to inspect your roof’s sealant. Signs of crack, wear or tear are all indicators that you need to remove old sealant and replace with new sealant
- Get rid of overhanging branches
Trees can make for a cool and serene home environment, but overhanging tree branches can pose a significant danger to your roof. Firstly, falling leaves from overhanging branches can collect on the roof, retaining moisture which will then eventually lead to portions of your roof rotting and becoming weak. Secondly, a branch may snap and fall on your roof. If heavy enough, such a branch can cause significant damage to the roof. To avoid all these, trim away branches hanging over your roof.
- Check for rust
If any metallic components were used in your roof’s construction, check them regularly for corrosion/rust. If there’s rust developing, wire-brush to get rid of the rust, then apply prime and paint to the affected areas to keep the metal components healthy.
- Clean the Gutters
No one likes having to clean the gutters but it is nonetheless an important chore, especially if you want to keep your roof healthy. When gutters become clogged, they can result in immense damage to your roof due to accumulating water in gutters spreading underneath your roofing structure. Keep gutters in good repair and clean so they don’t retain water and your roof stays safe.
- Check ice dam formation
Build-up of ice dams on your roof can result in expensive roof damage. Take steps to insulate your roof and keep snow from melting and freezing onto the roof’s colder parts.
If you follow these tips from Trusted Ottawa Roofers, you will enjoy your home for much longer and avoid excessive roof repair bills.