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Your roof is an incredibly important part of your home’s structure. Your roof takes the brunt of rain, storms, sun, and any debris that may blow onto it. Your roof shelters you, your belongings and your home from the elements. Trees, moisture and weather can cause costly problems for your roof, so it’s always best to prevent any issues before they start.

 

Here are a few roof maintenance tips you can use to keep your roof in excellent condition.

 

Maintain Your Roof

Roofs are designed to last. Depending on the type of shingles used and environmental conditions, your roof may last 20-30 years. In order to prolong your roof’s lifespan and get the most out of it, you should have a qualified roofing specialist inspect your roof at least once or twice a year. Catching a roofing issue early could save you money and further damage!

  • Replace Damaged Shingles

  • Inspect Your Flashing

  • Clean Your Roof

  • Trim Tall Trees

  • Inspect After A Storm

  • Inspect for Rust

 

Inspect For Rust

Depending on the style of roof you have, your roof may be at risk of rusting. Metal roofs, of course, can be the most susceptible to rust. It’s important to replace any rusty screws first. Then, you can scrub the rust off using a wire brush. This may take a little elbow grease, but it will help you stop a bigger problem before it starts.

Replace Damaged Shingles

Damaged shingles could lead to a leak inside your home. That’s why it’s very important to get shingles repaired or replace them when there are signs of wear, tear and damage.

 

Inspect Your Flashing

Roof flashing is the element that helps to seal off cracks and bends in the roof, so water can’t get inside. A common place where this is found is chimney flashing. When you’re inspecting your roof, you’ll also want to check on your flashing. Make sure no new gaps have formed or the metal is not rusting. If you notice any cracks or imperfections in your flashing, you’ll want to get it repaired as soon as possible to prevent any potential leaks.

Clean Your Roof

Like any other area in the home, your roof needs cleaning too. Moss, algae and debris can not only make your roof look unsightly but also impact the quality of your roof. Neglecting this task at the most extreme can cause rot. For safety, it’s best to not make your roof cleaning a DIY project and contact a roofer who can help. 

 

Trim Tall Trees

When you’re off of your roof, take a look at the trees that are around your home. Tall trees with large branches pose a problem if there’s a windy day or a large storm. To be safe, you’ll want to trim any large branches that are near your roof. If an accident occurs, it can not only cause damage to your roof, but the structure of your home as well. 

After A Storm

Hail, heavy wind and even large amounts of rain can cause damage to your roof. If you’ve recently experienced a large storm in your area, you should visually inspect your roof to see if any damage has occurred.. Starting from the ground, see if your gutters or windowsills are bent or out of shape. This can indicate that there is likely damage to your roof as well. This will indicate if you need to further inspect your roof. As you look at shingles, especially for asphalt, you may be able to see individual damage on the shingle. Most home insurance companies will cover storm damage. Take photos and discuss your options with your insurance company.

 

When To Contact A Roofer

There are many DIY projects that homeowners can perform without issue, unfortunately,  roofing repairs are typically not one of them.  While performing a visual inspection of your roof,  if you think you might need a repair it is best to contact a roofing pro. Interior leaks and bubbles in the wall could also indicate that you may have a roofing problem. 

If your roof is in need of replacement, you are in good hands with the professionals at RCI Roofing.

We are experienced with both commercial and residential Roof Replacements. We will walk you through the options and explain the materials used, warranties offered and answer any questions you may have.

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Let us know a little bit about your project and one of our professional builders will reach out to discuss specifics with you. 

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