There are homeowners who pride themselves on taking care of their roofs, but others pay very little attention to roof care. The roof is a structural component responsible for protecting a home and its inhabitants against extreme weather; because the roof takes a beating every time it rains or the wind blows, it does need some maintenance to keep performing properly. Otherwise, it can quickly fail. Because roof maintenance can be difficult for some who cannot climb a ladder or move nimbly, it is usually recommended that an expert Bergen County roofing contractor assist with the maintenance. There are five common things that people can do to keep a roof working properly.
The first thing that should be done is a gutter cleaning. The gutter system diverts water away from the roof and the home's foundation; if it becomes clogged, the water could back up underneath the shingles. If enough water gets into the attic, then the insulation, the roof sheathing and the soffits can begin to rot. Cleaning gutters is a simple afternoon activity that could prevent thousands of dollars in damages.
Second, the roof should be regularly cleaned.
The expert roofers at All Professional Remodeling of Bergen County can assist you with any questions regarding roofing, siding or gutters.
This usually means removing any leaves and twigs from the roof. If moss has grown on the shingles, a solution made from bleach and water can be used to remove the stains.
Third, overhanging branches should be trimmed back. During a major storm, heavy branches could snap off and fall on the roof, destroying a section of shingles. Trimming back the branches can head off this possibility.
Fourth, homeowners should be able to spot check a roof from the ground. This means looking for sections of missing shingles, shingles that may have curled or split and damaged flashing. Because walking around on top of the roof can result in damages, binoculars can be used to pinpoint any potential problems.
Finally, the roof should be inspected by an expert roofer at regular intervals. The roofer can identify problems that the homeowner may not be trained to notice, including cracks in the caulking. The roofer will also be able to go into the attic to look for potential leaks and other problems that could cut the lifespan of the roof short. The value of a regular inspection schedule cannot be overstated; it could mean the difference between an asphalt roof that lasts 12 years and an asphalt roof that lasts 20 years or even more.