Tips For Maintaining Your Roof
When it comes to your roofing, it often seems like the things that you do not see that make the biggest impact. So, how do you take care of your roof when you can’t always see what is going on? The good news is that you do not necessarily have to go above and beyond to maintain your roof. There is plenty you can do with just a ladder and some elbow grease. Check out these tips to help you make sure your roof is in peak condition year round.
When it comes to your gutters it seems like they are often forgotten when your roof comes to mind. However, your gutters play a huge role in keeping water away from your roof and foundation of your home. So be sure to keep up with debris that can end up in your gutters throughout the year. If water can not flow freely down your gutter and away from your home, it causes serious water damage.
Even though trees close to your home offer privacy and a “picturesque” landscape, they can cause some ugly problems. Limbs and branches knocked loose during a storm can cause immediate damage to your roof and provide easy access for pests and animals to come into your home. One of the best things you can do to maintain your roof is to be mindful of your landscape, especially living in New England. Unpredictable weather can bring unpredictable outcomes. Another aspect of your landscape to keep your eye on is your shrubs. Be sure that they are not blocking your gutters from doing their job.
Remove Snow From Your Roof
Snow can be fun to play in, but a build up of it on your roof can create a bunch of issues on the inside and outside of your home. Snow build up can cause moisture to seep under your shingles and enter the inside of your home. On top of the moisture the temperature is dropping causing water to freeze giving you another issue with ice dams. To remove snow from your roof, carefully scrape away whatever snow you can reach. This will at least help relieve the weight that is sitting on top of your roof and minimize the chance of the roof collapsing.
Check On Your Shingles
It is not just winter that can be the danger for your roof. That summer humidity and heat can really take a toll on a roof. Excessive temperatures can sometimes cause shingles on your roof to shrink or crack, and extreme summer storms can tear them off your roof together. Calling in a roofing professional is a great way to stay ahead of the damages that a long year can bring. TnA Contracting Group has a team filled with skilled contractors that will work along with you from the estimate process to the finishing touch.
Removing Moss & Mold
Algae, moss, and mold spores are easily carried by the wind and can easily spread. While algae tends to not cause a lot of damages to roofs, moss and mold can be detrimental. Both moss and mold thrive in areas where moisture is present, so if you spot these on your roof there may be a leak or moisture present. Another impact that moss can have on your roof is the fact that it can reshape your shingles increasing the likelihood of losing shingles and allowing moisture in.
A great way to combat this issue is spraying your roof with moldy or mossy areas with a liquid chlorine bleach and water mixture and then follow it up with a power wash. Be cautious when conducting this as the runoff can harm your landscape below.
Even though an inspection of your roof can showcase a lot to the naked eye, it still may be difficult to spot leaks or infatuation from the outside. When looking at your roof and conducting your inspection, be sure to set some extra time to inspect your ceiling. You want to look for any moisture or moldy spots in your attic to spot water damages before they get any worse. If there are signs of water damage be sure to reach out to a professional as soon as possible. They will be able to assess the situation at hand and offer their expert advice on how you should move forward.
Get a Roof Inspection
One of the best roof maintenance tips is to have a professional come out and inspect your roof. They have experience and a keen eye to spot aspects that do not look like they belong. As a homeowner there are plenty of chores you can do to preserve the health of your roof, but you still might be missing signs of damage or decay that a professional will catch. If you want your roof to last as long as possible and stay in good looking shape, consider scheduling a roof inspection.
Contact TnA Contracting Group
The team at TnA have decades of experience when it comes to exterior contracting and remodeling. No matter if your roof has been a victim of a brutal storm or it is in need of a yearly inspection we have you covered. Get in contact with us to schedule a roof inspection by calling us at 774-400-3274 or by filling out a contact form on our website!