The roof of your home is arguably the single most important part of your house. A good roof protects against bad weather, harsh temperatures, pests, and so much more! Maintaining your roof throughout each year will help extend the life of the roof and save you some serious cash. Use these roof maintenance tips each summer to determine how your roof held up over a long winter and keep it in good condition all year long!
Check Your Shingles
If you see shingles that are missing, cracked, or curling, they should be replaced ASAP. Damaged shingles put your roof at risk of water damage and creates a weak spot for pests to enter the home. Checking and replacing shingles may sound like a simple task, but there’s more to it than you’d think. Inspecting the shingles requires close attention to detail and precision to avoid stepping on a damaged area of the roof. Replacing your shingles with the wrong type of shingle or securing it incorrectly leaves your roof at risk for mold or algae growth too. A professional roofer can come out every summer to inspect your roof and make any necessary repairs so you don’t have to!
Inspect the Roof from the Attic
Go into your attic and look up at the ceiling. The ceiling of your attic is just the back of your roof, so this is a great way to get a different perspective. If you see any holes or areas where light is shining through into the attic, your roof is in need of repair.
Debris and limbs on your roof can lead to water damage and harm your homes ability to reflect light to prevent overheating in the summer. Use a leaf blower to clean debris off the hard to reach areas and take your time removing larger debris to avoid a slip or fall.
Clean and Repair Your Gutters
While you have the ladder out, clean the leaves and other debris from your gutter system. A blocked gutter system will lead to improper water drainage from your roof that can result in water damage, foundation damage, and ice dams on your roof in the winter. Flush the gutter system with a hose after you’re done to ensure there’s no blockages out of your view in the downspout. Gutters that are leaking, cracked, or otherwise damaged will need to be repaired or replaced.
Contact Us Today
If you need to repair your home’s roof this summer, our team at Rhode Island Slate Roofing can be reached at (401) 255-2003 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! Reach out to our team today to get started on your project!