3 Tips to Maintain a Roof

The benefits of roofing extend beyond simple aesthetics. In addition to boosting the appeal of your home, your roof protects it from the elements while reducing the wear and tear on different structures. It also helps maintain the ideal indoor temperature.

Roofs take a lot of punishment every day. In addition, aging is often associated with a deterioration in the performance of roofs as old, damaged roofs can become more susceptible to leaks over time. A leaky roof is a recipe for disaster and can cause severe structural damage.

Regular maintenance helps keep roofing problems at bay. Make roof maintenance in Marin County a priority. A well-maintained roof can make your home more energy-efficient and is more reliable than a poorly maintained roof while needing less frequent repairs.

Follow these tips to keep your roof in top shape from ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar, Marin County roof maintenance experts.

Clean Your Roof Regularly

An unclean roof can quickly become an eyesore that can also develop serious problems. To prevent roofing issues, clean your roof regularly. How often you should clean your roof depends on factors such as the area and local climate.

Use a soft broom or a leaf blower to remove debris, leaves, and twigs. Choose an overcast and cool day to clean your roof while making sure there’s little chance of rain on that day. If you use a leaf blower, avoid pointing it directly at the shingles so as to not damage them.

Be careful to avoid blowing any debris towards your skylight or chimney. Avoid pressure washing your roof, as the high-water pressure can damage roofing materials.

Gutters can become clogged with debris and dust over time. Clogged gutters are less efficient at draining water away from home.

It’s important to make gutter inspection and cleaning a part of your regular maintenance. Remove debris from your gutters and install gutter guards to prevent foreign objects from falling in.

Trim Branches Away from Your Roof

Branches hanging over your roof can scrape against roof shingles, stripping off layers of asphalt and damaging them. Leaves from an overhanging branch can fall directly into your gutters, clogging them, which can lead to premature deterioration, mold growth, and leaks. A strong wind or thunderstorm can send a branch crashing into your roof, causing severe damage.

To steer clear of these problems:

  1. Trim all branches that come within six feet of your roof.
  2. Prune young trees.
  3. When pruning a tree, be careful to avoid damaging the trunk

Have Your Contractor Maintain Your Roof Every Year

If you’re not a roofing expert, you don’t have the necessary knowledge and skills to fix every roofing problem at the source. So, while you should perform routine maintenance yourself, leave significant repairs and maintenance tasks to your contractor.

During a tune-up, your contractor will repair or replace shingles, clean the roof and gutters and diagnose and fix roof leaks.

Need help with roof maintenance in Marin County? Look no further than ARS Roofing, Gutters & Solar. We will make sure your roof is in peak condition year-round. Contact us at (707) 584-5900 to discuss your roofing needs.

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