Insight To Help Keep Your Roof And Gutters Maintained

Posted on: 15 September 2017

Keeping your home's roof and its drainage system working well and in good repair is a important part of keeping your home free of moisture problems. Here are some roof maintenance tips you can use to help you keep your roof and gutters well-maintained.

Prevent Roof Damage

Throughout the year, it is important to get upon your roof and inspect it for any wind and storm damage. Hail stones can also damage the surface of shingles and cause cracks to form in various shingles. Make sure you have any damage repaired by a roofing professional. Check and remove any leaves, branches, and other debris, as these can damage your roof if left to remain there. Branches and leaves can trap and hold moisture on your roof and cause it to seep through your shingles and into the roofing layers. Large branches can slide across your shingles and tear at them.

If you live in a northern climate, ice dams can form on your roof's edges during cold winter weather. As the heat from your home escapes through your home's attic, it can warm your roof and melt snow, which freezes at the cold eaves on your home's roof. This ice formation slowly builds in thickness to grow beneath and around your roofing shingles. This causes the shingles to lift, curl, and break apart, allowing moisture to seep into your roofing layers and into your home. 

Install heating cables at the edges of your roof in a zig-zag pattern, connected to electricity that you can turn on and off as you need to warm the edges of your roof. You can also seal up heat leaks into your attic space to prevent the ice dam formation and shingle damage. Hire a roofing professional to inspect your attic for proper insulation and ventilation to aid in preventing winter shingle damage.

Clean Gutters

Depending on the amount of trees around your home, it can be a good idea to check your roof's gutters and drainage system to make sure they are flowing freely and showing no signs of damage. As you safely access your roof, inspect the gutters for any sagging and leaks, which you can test for by turning your garden hose onto the roof and watching how the water drains.

If your yard contains pine trees, it is a good idea to check and clean out your gutters several times each year to remove any build-up. Pine, or coniferous trees, shed their needs all year long and not just during fall, as deciduous trees do. Use a pressure washer or your garden hose and a gloved hand to clean out any debris that have settled into the gutters. For more information, contact companies like The Roof Doctor.