One of the first steps that every single person should consider, regardless of how new or old their roof is, is to clean their gutters. People who leave their gutters uncleared are risking the ways in which water can work its way into the roofing. Water is incredibly damaging, especially as soon as it starts to rot the material. We highly recommend scheduling to get your gutters cleaned every single fall and spring. This should be often enough that your water doesn’t have a chance to wreak havoc over everything.
Have you had to deal with a lot of leaves on top of your roof? We recommend removing leaves as soon as you are physically able. Much like the way in which water can cause rot, leaves bring moisture, and they end up decomposing. You can either utilizer a garden hose or a leaf rake. However, please, do not use a pressure washer. Another thing to be on the lookout for is moss, which also ends up trapping moisture.
Prevent ice dams
You have probably heard the term ice dams fairly regularly since you have bought a home. This is when ice on your roof is preventing the snow on your roof from properly melting, which, as we’ve already gone over, and lead to an abundance of moisture on your roof, and over time, a lot of extra weight. We recommend using a roof rake to keep snow off of your roof. But, if you do end up with ice that has already formed, do not attempt to pry it off. You can be doing more damage than good if that happens.
We know this might seem obvious, but in order to best keep your roof protected, you need to be actively looking at it. This is especially good to do after a large storm where the winds were high. You’ll want to look for missing shingles, damaged shingles, or any other sign of wear and tear. Rodent and pest damage is also important to keep an eye on.
Protect Your Roof at Armorvue Home Exteriors
We hope, if anything, that this quick list of tips is enough to help keep your roof in the kind of condition that it should stay in. Nothing is more important than keeping your home as safe as possible, especially during bad weather. If you have any further questions, our experts would be more than willing to help you out!