4 DIY Roof Maintenance Tips For Homeowners

Summertime is in full swing here in Charlottesville, and the beautiful weather and longer evenings make it the perfect time to work on maintenance projects around the house. When working on your home, it’s important to remember roof maintenance too. While most roofing work needs to be done by a professional roofing contractor, there are some routine roof maintenance tasks that will go a long way in maintaining the integrity of your roof for years to come. Here are 4: 

#1: Check Your Shingles Regularly

The first roof maintenance action that every homeowner should take at least once per year is to inspect the shingles on their home for warped, cracked, or missing shingles. If shingle damage is visible, it is important to have your roof professionally inspected to find out the extent of the damage, and the best way to repair it. 

#2: Clean Off Debris  

Second roof maintenance action to take is to consistently clean leaves and other debris that has accumulated off of your roof.  Loose leaves and debris can build up and cause water to not flow correctly off your roof, which could lead to water penetration and damage. Removing it will help your roof stay in top condition as long as possible. 

#3: Check Your Roof For Green Stuff During Roof Maintenance

Moss and algae love to take root in damp, shaded areas, including roofs. It is important to check for any green growth on, under, or in-between your shingles so that you can catch the problem as early as possible. If moss or algae are left on your roof, they can quickly take over your roof and trap moisture that could cause damage beyond repair. You can read more about moss here 

#4: Don’t Forget Your Gutters During Roof Maintenance

Gutters are an integral part of a well-functioning, sturdy roof. When doing roof maintenance tasks, it is important to remember to clean out your gutters.  Clogged gutters can fill up and allow water to back up under the layers of your roof. Gutter overflow will rot out your fascia or penetrate your foundation instead of being diverted away from your home and drained in a safe location. Making sure that your gutters stay clean can add years of life to your roof and home. 

No matter how well you do DIY roof maintenance, there will be times when a professional repair is needed. When that time comes, Cenvar Roofing has you covered! Our convenient location in Zion Crossroads allows us to serve the entire Charlottesville area efficiently. Give our office a call today to schedule your free estimate! 

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