Your roof protects your home from and family from the outdoor elements. If you want it to last, there are several things you can do to keep it looking its best and doing what it was designed to do for years to come.
Inspect the shingles once every few months to make sure the shingles are in good condition. Check after heavy storms that have high winds or flying debris. Cracked shingles or shingles that have started to lift at the corners should be repaired as soon as possible.
Keep an Eye Out for Leaks
Check for leaks in the spring and fall, and keep an eye out for strong storms. It’s important to catch leaks before they become major problems. Go into the attic and look for water lines or streaks. Most commonly they will appear around seams or in areas of the roof that have sustained some type of damage.
Clean the Gutters
Cleaning the gutters will prevent debris from collecting along the edges of the roof, weakening the shingles and causing them to crack or break. If gutters are allowed to collect excessive amounts of debris, moisture may collect near the edges of the roof and work its way under the shingles, causing water damage and leaks.
Remove any Debris
Remove any debris that may find its way on to the roof after a storm or high winds. Large sticks and other types of debris can damage the shingles causing them to crack or split. Even small pieces of debris can cause damage if allowed to remain in corners and seams.
Make Minor Repairs as Needed
Make repairs as they are needed to prevent shingles from lifting or becoming more severely damaged. Catching problems early is the safest way to keep your roof in the best condition possible.