roof maintenance

Roof maintenance is an important aspect of homeownership.

If you want your roof to last as long as possible—and who doesn’t—it’s important to follow the proper roof maintenance regimen.

But just what goes into roof maintenance? These steps can help you keep your roof in top condition.

Start early

You can begin your roof maintenance regimen before you even move into your home.

“Getting a professional roof inspection before that future home is officially yours will save you a lot of time and costly repairs down the road, which can also be a plus if and when you decide to sell your new home,” according to Great Day Improvements.

Keep gutters clear

You’ll do your roof a big favor when you clear leaves and other debris from your gutters.

According to HouseLogic, “Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing and rot it, or even rot roof rafters.”

Trim your trees

Your roof will thank you by lasting longer if you trim overhanging tree branches.

As HouseLogic points out, “A little prevention in the form of tree-trimming goes a long way toward keeping leaves and moss off your roof and keeping your roof damage-free. Abrasion from limbs and leaves that touch your roof can eventually damage shingles, especially in high winds.”

Keep an eye out for streaking

Part of proper roof maintenance involves keeping a weather eye on changes in the color of your roof.

“Roof areas, generally the northern part, exposed to shade during long periods of time in humidity will eventually become streaked with mold, algae or even fungus. And if left unchecked, will eventually deteriorate the roofing material shortening the life of the roof, which could lead to leaks and other signs of trouble,” according to Great Day Improvements.