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How to Maintain a Roof

Whether you’re planning your own DIY project, or are just curious on how to maintain a roof for your future home, knowing what to look for and how to prevent serious deterioration can make all the difference in repair costs.

No matter the type of roof you’re working on, our handy guide will help you identify all sorts of damage that can happen to it, and how best to prevent these issues from popping up in the first place.

Read on to find out more!

How Do I Know if My Roof’s Been Compromised?

If this is your first time checking on the state of your roof, you may not know what to specifically look for. Usually, you won’t even need to grab a ladder and climb up to make a physical inspection. We recommend starting from the ground first, so grab a pair of binoculars and search for signs of the following:

Algae, Moss, or Mildew: This is especially important if your home is surrounded by trees. The shade provided by them makes for an ideal breeding ground for algae and moss to thrive in. Their spongy surface absorbs rain and snow, leading to trapped moisture entering your roof’s shingles, underlayment, and even your attic. To recognize moss or algae growth on your roof, they may appear as dark streaks or stains.

Cracked, Buckled, or Missing Shingles: Damaged or missing shingles should be dealt with as soon as possible, as they can lead to structural issues such as rot, or pests entering your home!

Dented or Clogged Gutters: If your gutters can’t do their job, water can start pooling at the base of your home, possibly leading to internal water damage and leaking. A gutter system is just as much a part of the roof as the chimney and vents are–don’t hesitate to contact your local roofing contractor for a gutter inspection!

Stains or Discoloration: Check the inside of your home, particularly your attic, for any signs of water damage. This can present itself as stains, discoloration, or “bubbles” forming on the ceiling or walls. There may also be an uncomfortable, musty smell when entering a room with water damage. Check for mold and mildew growth, too, as these are sure signs of a leak seeping through somewhere!

A Few Essential Roof Tips

Everything listed above can be a real pain to deal with. So, how does the average homeowner stay one step ahead and reduce roof maintenance costs in the long run?

Here are just some roofing maintenance tips that can help you keep a healthy roof.

Apply Coatings and Sealants: Coatings and sealants can provide a sturdy, waterproof barrier, as well as give a layer of protection against the sun’s UV rays. Applying a high-quality coating or sealant can greatly improve the longevity of your roof! You can also install copper or zinc strips to prevent moss and algae.

Keep Your Roof and Gutters Clear: With proper safety precautions in place, regularly inspect and clear your roof of any accumulated dirt or debris. Clean any moss you find with a water and vinegar solution and a soft brush, making sure to scrub the shingles in a downward motion in order not to damage them. Make sure your gutters are unclogged, and that water can pass through them easily.

Adequate Ventilation and Insulation: Bad insulation and ventilation can lead to hot, stuffy rooms, poor air quality inside the home, and mold growth. This can also lead to shingles curling and lifting during the hotter seasons, while forming ice dams on your roof during cold ones. Have an expert take a look at your attic to check on the quality of these systems and let you know the next steps to take.

Hire a Roofer: Don’t hesitate in calling your neighborhood’s local roofing company for shingle roof maintenance services, or for a general roof inspection. Many contractors offer free, no-hassle inspections and estimates, and they may even find damage otherwise imperceptible to the untrained eye. You should have a professional roof inspection conducted at least once a year.

The #1 Shingle Roof Maintenance and Repair Contractor

Now serving Kansas City and all surrounding counties, Qualis Roofing & Construction is here to serve your area. As a finalist for SMU Cox Dallas 100 Fastest Growing Companies in Dallas–Fort Worth, we’re available for work in roof replacements, roof maintenance, and storm restoration services wherever you may need us.

Fill out our online form or give us a call at (817) 835-8835 to schedule your FREE estimate today!