Some might argue that the roof is the most important part of a home. It might also be one of the most ignored, especially since you cannot see it from the ground. With these roofing maintenance tips, you minimize damage and help to put your Denver roof in better shape for next year.
1. Check Roof Consistently
The roof is so easy to forget when you make your list of home tasks. However, you must keep up with regular roof maintenance to ensure it stays over your head. Go up at least every couple of months during reasonable weather to clean debris, inspect the shingles and monitor ice damage.
2. Keep Your Gutters Clean
Dirty gutters are a problem just waiting to get a lot worse. First, you get a bunch of leaves there in the fall. If you do not clean them out, the leaves collect water that freezes and could damage your roof. When you go to clean it in the spring, you put your hands in a toxic stew. Keeping the gutters clean in the first place avoids all this hassle.
3. Examine the Flashing
There are parts of your roof that have some openings, including your chimneys, vents and skylights. The flashings help to divert water around these openings. However, as they receive wear, the flashings become a likely spot for leaks. Flashings are fairly easy to inspect and even replace as needed. They are also not terribly expensive. If the flashing around these roof components seem damaged in some way, or if you notice leaking inside your home in these spots, you need to get the flashings fixed or repaired.
4. Clear Overhanging Branches
Proper roof maintenance involves making sure that the rest of your property is not posing a risk to your roof. Overhanging branches could do more damage than simply fall off in a big windstorm or snowstorm. Trim these branches to minimize the accumulation of moss and leaves on your roof, and to make it harder for small animals to reach your roof to build nests.
5. Make Sure Attic is Clean
An important component of your home roof maintenance is to keep the entire top of your home in good shape. Take the time to clean and clear out your attic regularly. Improve the insulation, fix air leaks and ensure adequate ventilation. If you do not, you may face a buildup of algae or mold, which could seriously affect your family’s health and your property value.
These roofing tips are designed to keep you comfortable in your home for many years to come. All you have to do is get up on your roof, take a good look at various aspects of the structure and make a plan to deal with problems. When you are ready to replace your roof after significant damage, contact us for a free roofing quote today!