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How to Maintain Your Home’s Roof

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Simple Solutions to Avoid Costly Damages

No homeowner wants to pay additional expenses for having a damaged roof. An ill-maintained roof can significantly increase your need to perform repairs. The good news is that you’re able to avoid this by learning some simple tricks to maintaining your home’s roof.

These helpful tips below can be an invaluable asset to keeping a structurally sound roof.

Keep Your Gutters Clean

Clean gutters can be the difference between a structurally sound roof and one that requires consistent attention. If your gutters become clogged up with leaves and other debris, the build-up of moisture can seep into your roof’s structure and leak through into your home.

If you’re able to ensure that your gutters are clear of debris and in good repair, you can dodge what could be a costly repair by eliminating one of the most common causes of damage to household roofs.

Inspect the Shingles

It’s important to perform regular inspections of your roof, and for a shingled roof this means surveying each individual shingle. Moss, mold, and algae can grow between the shingles very easily, and this is liable to cause them to rot. It can be a simple task to remove these spores when you notice them, and can save you a lot of hassle and money in the long run.

While shingles can withstand severe weather, occasionally they may take some damage. This could mean cracked shingles, or shingles which have become loose and out of place. This, too, can lead to moisture seeping through your roof and leaking into your home. It’s straightforward to replace any damaged tiles or realign loose ones yourself if you catch them early enough, but if they’re left to become progressively worse the damage may require a complete replacement for your roof. A simple monthly inspection can be pivotal in retaining your roof’s integrity and avoiding unnecessary expenses.

Identify Potential Problems Nearby

The features surrounding your home’s roof may present issues. It’s beneficial to make yourself aware of the possible problems around your roof so you can keep an eye out for them.

A nearby tree increases the chances of leaves landing on your roof. These leaves will then trap moisture which will build up until it rots through your roof and leaks into your home. This means that, to avoid a leaking roof, it’s important to check for fallen leaves and remove them. It’s also useful to trim any overhanging branches, if you’re able, to reduce their likelihood of causing problems.

If you have a tall tree which is close to your home it’s good to check whether any of the larger branches overhang your roof because, in severe weather, there’s a chance the branch will cause damage to your roof. It can pay to be aware of the potential risks, even if you’re powerless to stop them, so that you can address them sooner and diminish the damage.

If your roof is damaged and needs replacing, don’t hesitate to give us a call here at Peach State Roofing.

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