Doing routine maintenance to your roof can save you from having to make costly repairs. You should take the time to inspect your roof thoroughly for any areas that may be compromised so that you can have it fixed quickly. Here is a list of things that you should check for when doing roof maintenance.
Twice A Year
You should take a look at your roof at least twice a year to make sure that there are no problems that need fixing. You should check your roof in the spring to fix anything that may have occurred from harsh winter weather. You will also want to check it in the Autumn so that you can prepare for future snow and ice buildup.
One of the most important things to be checked during your maintenance is the gutters. You will want to clean out your gutters completely so there is no debris left inside that can cause a water or ice buildup that could get underneath the bottom layer of shingles on your roof. Get on a ladder and put on a pair of gloves. Scoop out all sticks, leaves and other material into a bucket to be disposed of away from your home.
Check For Leaks
Take a look at all your ceilings and in your attic for any areas that look as if they have watermarks or blackened areas. If you notice any, you will want to get up on your roof above these areas to check the shingles to make sure they are keeping water from entering. The watermarks will help you pinpoint areas that need extra attention.
Do a slow walk along your rooftop while looking at the shingles below your feet. You will want to look for any shingles that are curling or that look disintegrated. If you see any curled ones, you can remove them and use a hair dryer to straighten them before placing back on your roof. Crumbling shingles will need to be replaced completely.
Peel back the shingles in an area where they need repair and see if the roof paper underneath is wet or mildewed. If so, you will want to replace it before putting on new shingles.
Check along all fixtures in the roof, such as vents and the chimney, to make sure that the flashing is intact and not rusted. Any areas with flashing that looks worn should be repaired using caulk around new pieces of flashing to keep it in place.