September 15, 2022
Any homeowner would know how important it is to have a safe and well-maintained roof for their home. Roofs are a huge investment and an expensive update to make. Once you’ve got a roof installed on your house, you probably don’t want to spend any more money on repairs and replacements for at least a decade.
Here are seven roof maintenance tips that every homeowner should follow in order to keep their roofs in the best condition for as long as possible.
- Trim the Trees Around the House
If you have big, beautiful trees around the house that make your yard more attractive and give you lots of shade, you may not realize it, but the tree branches can damage your roof if there is a storm or strong wind. The smartest thing to do would be to keep the tree branches trimmed so that they do not come in contact with the roof.
- Sweep Away Leaves and Debris
Over time, your roof can become cluttered with leaves, dirt, and debris. This can weaken your roof’s structural integrity and cause moss and algae to begin growing. The solution is pretty simple. Get yourself a roof broom with a long handle and sweep the roof every few days. Be sure to keep yourself protected while you sweep, and don’t apply too much pressure, or you may end up with some loose and falling shingles.
- Keep the Gutters Clean
Gutters prevent water from rain pooling on the roof. The gutters can become clogged with leaves, branches, birds’ nests, and other debris. This means that the drainage of the roof is hindered. Standing water can damage the roof and cause water stains. It would be a good idea to clean out the gutters a couple of times a year.
- Add on UV Protection
If you live in sunny Florida, you should take extra precautions to protect your roof from the harsh sun. UV rays can cause roofs to degrade much faster, no matter what material they are made of. You can apply a liquid UV protection roof coating onto your roof. The coating acts as a membrane that reflects the sun’s rays away from the roof.
- Have Regular Moss and Algae Treatments
If you notice moss or algae growing on your roof and don’t do anything to remove it, your roof can be in serious danger. Moss and algae retain water and soak it up like a sponge. They create an environment of moisture on the roof, which adds extra weight to the roof and also causes water damage. In addition, moisture can encourage the growth of harmful fungi and molds.
You should try and sweep off moss and algae regularly, or you can get a chemical treatment carried out that involves spraying the roof to kill off any remaining vegetation. It would be best to have the chemical treatment process done by a professional.
- Check the Attic and Ceiling for Leaks
The condition of your attic and ceilings can give you a lot of hints about the condition of the roof. Check the attic and upper rooms for any musty odors, check the ceilings for water stains, and check the walls for any bulges or warping. All of these could be signs that you have a leak in the roof.
- Have Regular Professional Inspections
If you think there might be some damage to your roof, or it’s just been a while since you last had it inspected, it would be a good idea to get a professional roof inspection done. A professional can spot a problem that you might have missed and give you the right advice on how to treat any such problems.
J & K Roofing – Serving South Florida for Over 30 Years
J & K Roofing has been Hollywood’s premier roofing company, and we provide services in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We specialize in both residential and commercial roofing solutions, and no job is too big for us to handle.
Our skilled workers have ample experience in roof maintenance, installing new roofs, and repairing existing ones. They have the expertise to work on various types of roofs for clients and also can address all sorts of customer needs. Safety is a top priority both for experts as well as those who will be under the roof we will work on.
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