Repairing or replacing your roof can be expensive. Spending a few minutes every six months looking closely at your roof can help you identify roof maintenance opportunities that will help prevent costly repairs later. It's also important to periodically check your homeowners insurance to make sure that serious roof damage is covered by your policy.
Roof Maintenance: 10 Point Checklist
It's critical that you inspect your roof every spring and fall. (Ask about our 10 Year Free Maintenenace Inspection)
1. Conduct a Complete Roof Inspection
2. Clean Canales
3. Inspect for Ponding Water wear ( Granual deterioration on Roll Roofing, Scrim checkering on TPO)
4. Look at the Flashing (Loose Screws & Brittle Gromets on Metal Roofs)
5. Check for Cracks, seam seperation, & Bubbling of Coatings or Foam
6. Inspect Terminations at Parapet Walls (Also Look for cracks in Parapet Walls)
7. Check the Edge Detail
8. Inspect Roof Surfaces (seams)
9. Check the Canales (Scuppers)
10. Look at Your Downspouts
Prepare Your Roof for Every Season
If you see any signs of leaking, like dark spots on the ceiling, or mold or dampness in your attic, take action immediately. Roof leaks get worse, not better, and it's better to spend a few dollars on roof maintenance rather than a lot on a big repair.
Other roof maintenance issues
- Sweep or blow off excess debris on the roof. Sticks, leaves and other debris can damage shingles, cause algae to grow and eventually clog the gutters.
- Trim any branches that are hanging over the roof to prevent damage and keep squirrels and raccoons away.
- A thick layer of snow accumulation could lead to roof collapse. If this happens, carefully pull the snow off the roof using a snow rake available at most home improvement stores.
Roof maintenance is often ignored, but small problems with a roof can lead to some of the most costly home repairs around.
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