Several factors can reduce a roof’s life expectancy, but this can be reduced if the roof is well maintained. This should include inspections and repairs at least once a season. Now that summer is here, you can consider using this handy checklist to ensure your roof stays in peak condition.
Keep the Gutters Clean
Leaves, branches, twigs, and other debris can become clogged in gutters, preventing water from draining properly. Cleaning your gutters, downspouts, and drain boxes will help direct water away from your home, leaving no room for clogs and possible hiding places for pest infestation.
Trim Dead Branches
While it’s good to have trees surrounding your home, remember that they can also pose a hazard. There is a good chance that trees will cause damage to your roof as well. Summer storms increase the likelihood of branches falling. Get rid of dead branches, and prune any touching the ground or your house. This safeguard reduces the possibility of physical damage should branches fall off.
Inspect Your Loft
The warmer days of spring are ideal for checking your attic, so if you haven’t done so in a while, now is the time. Look for water stains, black marks, or other signs of excess water on the rafters’ underside and other roof parts. Examine the insulation in the attic to see if it contains mold. Mildew growth could be caused by a water leak. For your roof to last long, have it inspected at least once a year. Caring for your roof can save you a fortune.
If you don’t feel comfortable checking these things in your attic or on top of your house, it’s always advisable to hire a professional to do it for you. You can count on Secure Restoration for all your roof maintenance and repair needs. Contact us today to schedule a free estimate!