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A Roof Maintenance Guide to Prevent Leaks

Updated: Mar 30, 2023

Roof maintenance can extend your roof's lifespan and extend its quality.

How long has it been since you inspected your roof? Usually, homeowners only focus on it if there are obvious damages or if it begins to leak. Preventing water, wind, and snow damage to your roof, and preventing the damage of slow leaks to your roof and attic, can be achieved by keeping your roof well maintained. If you maintain your asphalt shingle roof, it is more likely to last 15 to 20 years.

The following roof maintenance tips will help ensure your roof lasts as long as possible:

  • As much as possible, avoid walking on your roof. Use ladders to access the gutters and eaves.

  • Even in the winter, leave the roof vents open to allow ventilation. A good ventilation system helps prevent the buildup of heat and humidity in the summer.

  • Trees should be trimmed so that they don't rub against the roof and leave debris behind.

  • Gutter cleaning should be done regularly. As leaves, twigs, and litter accumulate on the roof and in valleys, gutters, and downspouts, serious damage can result.

  • Keep an eye on damage caused by extreme weather

Climate change leads to increased frequency and intensity of weather events - such as hail and wind storms - that can damage and tear off roof shingles. Poorly maintained roofs are more likely to sustain storm damage.

To check your roof, use binoculars. Take note of:

  • Shingles that lift, curl, or crack

  • Vents and chimneys wear out

  • Gutter leaks or damage

  • Shingles that are missing (these may be found on the ground around your home)

You may need to repair or replace your roof if you notice these signs.

Beware of ice damming in winter

If the temperature fluctuates between freezing and melting, ice dams can form at the edge of the roof, preventing drainage. Unless they're removed, trapped water can leak into your house and break your windows.

Consider these steps to prevent ice damming.

If your roof needs repairs or replacement, hire a professional. Ask two to three qualified roofing contractors for a written estimate that includes the following:

  • Estimates of material quality and lifespan

  • Labor costs

  • Estimated dates for the start and completion of the project

  • Certifications and references

Ask your roofing contractor about materials that are resistant to wind and hail storms if you're concerned about extreme weather events. It is possible to have your shingles hand-sealed as well. During this process, the extra adhesive is applied under each tab of the shingle to strengthen the roof in the event of a windstorm.

When you need to replace your roof and you want your insurance company involved, let us know so we may assist you in filing a claim and we will win it for you.

*Roofing materials have a defined lifespan and their replacement is part of routine home maintenance. Give us a call and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

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