beautiful roofYour roof is one of the most important structural parts of your home that provides you and your belongings with protection from the elements. For this reason, it is important that your roof remains in outstanding condition. Follow these tips to maintain the look and functionality of your roof.

Structure Strength:  Inspect your roof for structural damage. Once a year, it’s a good idea to (carefully!) get onto your roof and assess it for any shingles that may be missing, buckling, or cracking. It is also important to check for any sort of growth on your roof, such as moss or mold. This could eventually eat through your roof, creating a hole and causing leaks to occur in your home. If you see mold growing on your roof, scrub it away with a long-handled brush.

Winter Worries:  Throughout the winter, try to keep as much snow off of your roof as possible. This will prevent issues from ice buildup, like ice dams. Your roof should be able to withstand winter weather, but it’s best to take extra precautions to help avoid problems. If your roof is easily accessible, brush or blow away excess snow buildup. If you’re looking for a simpler process, you can install heated strips to run along the length of your roof. When it snows, simply turn the strips on to begin the melting process.

Pest Problems:  One of the largest problems homeowners experience are caused by birds and their nests. If a family of birds have decided to nest in your gutters, this is bad news for your roof. Bird droppings have a high acid content, and if this waste is left on your roof, it can eat away at the material and cause wear. For this reason, it is important to check your gutters frequently for bird’s nests and other types of debris that can cause buildup and other issues.

Fix-a-Flue:  If your home has a fireplace and chimney, don’t forget to check these aspects of your roof as well. Loose caulk or holes in the flashing around your chimney, vents, and exhaust pipes can pose a problem with their functionality. If you roofing or chimney have metal pieces in their structure, check those for rust or rot.

Interior Inspection:  One of the most important areas to check for damage is the underside of your roof, or the part that is exposed in your attic. Check to see if light is shining through any cracks or if there is dampness around corners and edges. Taking care of these issues as they become known to you is one of the best ways to prevent major damage to your roof that could cause you to have to replace the entire thing.

The experts at SOLEC recommend spraying the underside of your roof with LO/MIT radiant heat barrier paint which is also moisture permeable and mold resistant, to reduce the heat in your home thus reducing energy costs.

The experts at Power Home Remodeling Group recommended inspecting your roof twice a year – as fall rolls around, and again in the spring to ensure your roof withstood the cold winter months. By checking regularly for these problems, you’ll be able to stop major issues right in their tracks.