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Roof Maintenance Routine

Roofs have to be kept up with if you want them to stay in the best shape possible. To make sure it’s done right you should follow a certain procedure for your yearly roof maintenance. By maintaining your roof yearly you’ll be able to repair any minor problems that may come up before they get any worse.

Depending on your experience with roof repairs you may want to either do the repairs yourself or even hire a professional company to do it for you. As part of your yearly maintenance you should also set up a cleaning schedule to improve your roof.

You should consider the following when setting up a yearly maintenance schedule:

Your Area’s Climate

The climate of your area should determine what time of the year you make your repairs. It’s best in most places to make these yearly repairs at the end of fall. So if you live in Australia you’ll want to make the repairs in may, while if you live in the United States you should make your repairs in November.

Flashings

Flashings are the support beams and other materials that attach your roof to your home. Sometimes a flashing doesn’t attach your roof in a water tight manner which can cause severe leaking. You should inspect all your flashings during your yearly repairs.

Moss and Nails

Inspect your roof for any stray nails that may be popping up. IF you see any hammer them down into place. You should also check your entire roof for any moss build up. If you find any get rid of the moss by spraying it, or just removing it with your hands.

Your Type of Roof

Your type of roof will also determine how you should go about yearly repairs and maintenance. With metal roofs you’ll usually just clean them without making too many repairs. You should remove all object from the gutters, specifically leaves which can clog up the gutter fairly easily. With single roofs you should not only clean them, but you should also inspect them for any cracked or damaged shingles.

You should also look for severely faded or discolored shingles; these usually have mold build up beneath them and will need to be replaced. You should inspect flat roofs for water build up and be prepared to squeeze the water out and soak it up with a rag.

If you properly maintain and check your roof yearly you shouldn’t need to call a professional since you’ll be able to handle most of the minor problems you encounter. However, if major problems start to come up then it may be best to call a specialist.

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