The roof on your home is the ultimate protection for your home from the elements of the weather. It is also a way to add curb and aesthetic appeal to your home. Because roofs are a very large investment, you want to make sure the investment you make is a long term investment. By following a few simple steps, and performing a minimum amount of maintenance, you can help your roof last longer, ensuring that you get the maximum value from your investment.
Storms obviously can wreak havoc on your roof. Anytime a strong storm blows through the area you should take a moment to climb into the attic to look for water stains. If you see water stains it is a sign that your roof is leaking and you should call for roof repair immediately. In addition to sprouting leaks, your shingles could also come loose from heavy rainfall, hail or even high winds. Periodically take a few minutes to check the shingles on your roof to see if there are any loose shingles. A loose shingle makes the roof weaker, making it necessary to get them repaired right away.
You should do everything in your power to not walk on your roof. The more you walk on it, the weaker you make it. Walking on your roof for any type of repairs should be left to the professionals that understand the safe spots to step without doing your roof any harm. If you have a satellite dish installed on your roof, ensure that all holes are immediately repaired and filled to avoid any unnecessary leaks in your roof.
Take the time to ensure that your gutters are appropriately sloped to allow water and debris to flow out of the gutters rather than staying trapped. You should also take the time periodically, especially after a storm, to clean your gutters out. Leaves, dirt and debris can get stuck in the gutter, causing the water to back up, putting unnecessary pressure on the gutter and your roof.
If you keep the maintenance of your roof up with these simple tips you will be able to increase the life of your roof. If you ever have any questions or doubt about how to take care of your roof you can call your roofing professional to get the best advice on how to care for your roof.