While we’re pleased to be a reliable roofing company homeowners can count on when roof repair work needs to be done, we also understand the importance of saving money by being proactive about roof maintenance. This is why we’re going to talk about smart ways you can maintain your roof and minimize the need for urgent or unexpected roof-related repairs.

Check Your Shingles Frequently

The shingles on your roof should be checked from time to time, especially when there’s a severe storm or high winds. A safe way to do this from the ground is to stand in a place where you can get a good view of your roof with a pair of binoculars. Pay particular attention to shingles that may be: 

• Missing or clearly loose

• Curled, cracked, or peeling

• Missing a lot of granules

If you spot any of the above problem, contact a qualified roofing contractor. If shingle damage is ignored, you could end up with leaks, damage from moisture, and other issues.

Look for ‘Hidden’ Leaks

As long as we’re on the topic of spotting things sooner rather than later, check the inside of your home in areas where leaks sometimes go undetected. The attic is a prime spot, but also check in corners where you have high bookshelves or other objects that may be keeping leaks from being easily seen. Other signs of hidden roof leaks to look for within your home include: 

• Certain rooms with musty odors

• Water stains on ceilings in certain areas

• Similar marks on the inside portion of walls

• Peeling paint or bulging patches on parts of inside walls

Wash Off Your Roof

Shingle roofs sometimes become less visually appealing because of algae growth. While algae won’t cause any immediate damage to your roof, it could eventually contribute to rotting. A simple solution is to clean off your roof with a mixture of half water and half bleach.

Clean Your Gutters

You’ll likely be calling on roofers more often if you have gutters that are clogged with leaves and other debris. The accumulated water that stays on your roof instead of running off could work its way under your roof’s top layer and cause widespread damage if proper drainage isn’t restored. If you want to minimize your seasonal gutter-cleaning duties, consider a specially designed gutter cover to keep debris out as water flows off your roof.

Have Nearby Branches Trimmed

Trees can certainly add beauty and value to your property, but they can also contribute to roof damage if branches are too close to your home. This is more likely to be a problem during storms or when winds are high. Minimize this potential source of roof damage by having trees near your home regularly trimmed. With new tree plantings, be proactive about preventing future roof issues by keeping the following guidelines in mind: 

• Large trees 70 feet or higher: Plant at least 20 feet away from your home.

• Medium-sized trees between 30-70 feet: Plant at least 15 feet away from your home.

• Small trees 30 feet or less in height: Plant at least 8-10 feet away from your home.

Have Your Chimney Inspected

If a chimney is falling apart or crumbling in certain areas, bricks could fall off easily and damage your roof. Even minor structural damage can make your chimney more susceptible to the type of damage that’s not good for your roof, especially as seasons change.

When you get a chimney inspection done, be sure to have any detected issues with cracks or missing mortar taken care of. Also, have the flashing around your roof checked since worn or damaged flashing can give water a way to get into your home.

Keep a Record of Your Roof’s Maintenance/Repair History

Another way to maintain your roof is to keep track of any repair work you’ve had done over the years. This information can come in handy if you need to call on a roofing company for repairs and you’re at a point where you are deciding between additional repairs or a possible replacement. The maintenance and repair records you keep for your roof should include: 

• The age of your roof

• Results from previous roof inspections

• The extent of previous damage

• What specific type of repair work was done

Being smart about roof repair doesn’t mean you still can’t turn to a reliable roofing contractor for assistance. Annual inspections performed by qualified roofers, for instance, can make it easier to correct minor roof-related problems before they become major ones.