When you think of taking care of and maintaining your home, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Odds are that it’s something to do with cleaning the interior of your home. It’s important to maintain your exterior too. It’s especially important to maintain your roof to keep the rest of your home protected from the elements.
Get an Inspection
It’s hard to fix a problem if you don’t know there’s one to begin with. Since you probably don’t spend much time staring at your roof, and you probably aren’t an expert in roofing yourself, it’s important to have it professionally inspected. You could climb up and give it a once over yourself. The problem with this is that even if everything looks good on the surface, your roof could be suffering problems underneath that a roofing professional would be able to identify. Have an inspection done every 3-8 years, depending on the material.
Wash Your Roof
As the topmost part of your house, your roof gets exposed to all sorts of dirt, debris, and grime. Pressure washing is often the go-to cleaning method, though it does have its nuances. For safety’s sake, always stand on a dry part of the roof. Make sure you’re using the right amount of pressure. Too much, and you’ll damage the roof. Too little, and you won’t get it clean. Washing should be done down the roof, never up to avoid sending water underneath the surface. Make sure you’re using the right soap too. Different soaps have different uses in the pressure washing process. Using the right one can make a huge difference in the results you get. If you aren’t confident in your ability to safely wash the roof yourself, call professionals to handle it for you.
Remove Overhanging Branches
Overhanging branches are nothing but a nuisance when it comes to your home, and especially your roof. They shed leaves and twigs onto your roof, dirtying it. Given a strong enough wind, they can break off of the tree and come crashing down onto the roof. If the branch is big enough and the force is strong enough, you could end up with a hole in your roof. You’re far better off carefully removing overhanging branches so they can’t affect your roof at all. Again, if you aren’t sure you can handle this task yourself, call for professional backup.
Performing preventive maintenance on your roof will help it last longer than it otherwise would. Have it inspected regularly, take the time to wash it, and remove overhanging branches. By keeping an eye out for problems and taking steps to protect your roof, you’ll be able to make sure your belongings both inside and outside your home are safe.
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