Three Tips for Keeping Your New Roof as Long as Possible
New Roof Maintenance
Once you have installed a new roof on your home, there are steps you can take to make it last as long as possible. Proper maintenance is the best way to reduce roofing costs in the future. Here are 3 tips that Peak Remodeling recommends to protect your new roof and make it last as long as possible.
Keep gutters clean and clear
Neglected, dirty gutters can get clogged from leaves and other debris, causing water to back up and damage a new roof. Overflow from dirty gutters and downspouts also may damage the landscaping beneath it, even as far down as the foundation. Leaves and other muck that build up in home gutters also can create a home for pests like wasps and squirrels.
Clean gutters at least once a year–more often if you have a lot of trees standing near or over your home. If you clean them yourself, be sure to protect yourself with rubber gloves and use a steady ladder.
Look over your new roof periodically
Once you have a new roof on your home, you should take time every so often to look for potential problems. Look for missing, damaged, or curling shingles. Check the roof’s overall shape for any wavy or sunken areas.
Does the color of your roof look right? If not, it may be a sign of mold, algae, or rust. If there are lots of tree branches, leaves, or stray baseballs, clear them off as soon as you can, before they cause any damage.
Check the roof sealing
A roof’s flashing, which covers joints and valleys and surrounds chimneys and pipes, should be flat and tight. If you notice that it looks loose or damaged, you can have the old caulk removed and resealed. If you notice that the mortar or other caulking is cracking, reseal it to prevent leaks and further damage.
Roof work can be dangerous, so it is probably best to leave this task to professional roof installers. If you do this yourself, however, look for any places where water may seep into the roof. Also, check the rubber collar around plumbing vents, since it may deteriorate over time.
Keep a new roof in good shape
You can have a long-lasting roof without putting yourself in danger! Have the professionals at Peak Custom Remodeling take care of your home roofing needs.