Roofs protect your home from the elements, and they need some care if you want to get the most out of them. In addition to the scheduled maintenance conducted by your trusted roofer, we recommend doing the following to help extend your roof’s life span.
Regularly Clean Your Gutters
A properly working gutter system doesn’t just protect the foundation of your home from the dangers of pooling rainwater; it also helps prevent water intrusion from overflowing gutters. If water gets under the drip edges and onto the roof deck, it could lead to moisture damage and weaken the roofing structure.
You can opt to clean the gutters yourself – provided you have the proper safety equipment – or you can hire professional gutter cleaners to do the job. Also, consider getting a gutter protection system if your gutters tend to get filled up with muck and debris.
Keep the Roof Clean
Keeping your roofing system clean is essential if your home happens to be surrounded by trees. In addition to potentially clogging the gutters, wet leaves don’t easily dry, and the moisture could encourage algae growth. Steep-slope roof cleaning is best left to professionals, but you should be able to clean leaves and debris without setting foot on the roof by using a sturdy ladder and a telescoping brush or a roof leaf rake. A garden hose can help loosen stubborn clumps of leaves and debris.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Trees provide shade, which helps keep your roof cool. You should trim the branches if they are starting to poke the roof. It may look minor, but it can loosen the protective granules from asphalt shingles or the coating on a metal roof. It might even pry entire shingle pieces loose if the wind is strong enough. Trimmed branches also help prevent squirrels and other animals from climbing onto your roof.
Keeping an eye on your roof’s condition and having a professional perform roof repairs as soon as you see a problem also helps prolong your roofing life span. To learn more about our roofing services, call Quality Assurance Roofing at (479) 279-8500 or at our toll free number (800) 928-7026. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation quote. We serve many areas in Rogers, AR.