As a homeowner, there are definitely basic steps you can take to prolong the life of your roof and avoid costly damages.
Overhanging tree branches can provide animals with access to your roof. These neighbourhood critters can tear or chew on shingles. Damaged shingles can leave areas of your insufficiently protected from rain. If moisture can penetrate your shingles, there is potential for mold accumulation or even leaking.
To avoid the above issues, ensure overhanging trees are cut back a safe distance from your roof.
Cleaning gutters and eavestroughs is important for preventing them from getting blocked. Twigs, leaves, broken shingles and even tennis balls are all capable of getting lodged in your gutters and eavestroughs. It is important to remove any debris causing obstruction as it inhibits proper draining from the roof.
The amount of trees on or surrounding your property will increase how often you want to check your gutters for debris. When it comes to cleaning gutters and eavestroughs, safety precautions are first and foremost. Use a sturdy ladder with another person at the bottom to spot you.
Let’s not forget about downspouts either. Inspect your downspouts by tapping them at various points. A hollow sound signifies your downspout is debris-free and providing good drainage for your roof.
Carrying out a roof inspection twice a year or, at a minimum, annually is a good way to avert any of the potential issues listed above. When you are performing a roof inspection, lookout for the following:
So how do you properly inspect your roof? One easy and safe way to inspect your roof is walk around your house perimeter with a pair of binoculars to identify any potential issues.