6 Steps To Shingle Roofing Maintenance
- Clear debris from your roof. Leaves, trash and other debris tends to soak up water and can damage your shingles. Your roof is designed to channel water away from your home, and excess debris makes this task more difficult. You’ll want to check for debris on a regular basis.
- Check step and counter flashings for damage, corrosion, or holes that may need repair or replacement.
- Loose or damaged shingles can be a common problem. Over time, high winds, hail, tree branches and other debris can take a toll on shingle roofing. Often, a little roofing cement may be all that’s needed to repair a loose shingle tab. If the shingle is damaged, you’ll want to have it replaced.
- Check caulking around the roof for cracking or other damage. Old, worn sealants should be replaced before water seepage causes problems.
- Check your gutters and downspouts for debris or blockage. Trim back any overhanging tree limbs to minimize the debris that may collect on the roof. The gutter and downspout system play a critical role in roof maintenance.
- Finally, you’ll want to check the quality of your attic ventilation – poor attic air circulation can lead to ice dams, mold & mildew, and structural damage. Your roofing contractor will be able to assess whether your roof has enough vents and your insulation levels are sufficient.