No matter what type of roof your house may have, it will need regular maintenance if you want it to last a long time. Even if you argue that you have a warranty on it, remember that almost all makers of roofing materials declare in their warranty that the warranty is void if regular maintenance on your roof is not done.
Here are some basic roof maintenance tips that will add more years to your roofing system’s service life.
Regular inspection is important. The ideal times to inspect your roof is before and after the season of the most severe weather in your area. For example, in states where it is extremely hot during the summer, roof inspection should be done before summer and then again after the summer season.
There’s also another kind of inspection called moisture survey. There are three kinds of these surveys and each one doesn’t actually measure water content. Instead, they measure the properties of roofing materials that change when there’s moisture in them. One of these surveys can be applied to your roof. Do this kind of inspection once every five years and make sure it’s discussed with and accomplished by roofing professionals.
Proper flashing should be installed. Flashing are metal pieces used to facilitate water flow on areas of the roof where water is most likely to collect. Make sure your roof’s flashing is correctly installed to help prevent water damage to your roof.
The attic should have the right insulation and ventilation. This prevents warping of the roof and decreases the amount of moisture in the house. Also, snow and ice are prevented from melting and refreezing so as to cause water damage to your roofing system.
Have a solid roof deck. Make sure your roof deck is always intact and immovable, especially when you’re about to put on new roof shingles as this will result in a stable and durable roof.
Do the necessary roof repairs as soon as possible. Neglecting much needed repairs for too long will eventually result in a damaged roof. Immediately fill out cracks or replace brittle shingles.
If flashing shows signs of corrosion, remove the corroded area then paint over with a zinc-rich primer followed by a metal primer, and finally a finish coat. For severe corrosion, replace the flashing.
A well-maintained roof not only makes the house look great, it also means your home is well protected from weather elements.