What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

What New Homeowners Should Know About Their Roof

new homeownersYou’ve finally purchased your new home and have moved in – congratulations! Now comes the fun (and sometimes challenging) part of being a homeowner.

Whether it’s cleaning out your gutters on a regular basis, repairing the little items that break in your home through regular wear and tear, or completely replacing your siding or roof, being a homeowner requires hard work. When it comes to keeping your roof maintained, there are several key things to remember. Here, we cover several things that will help keep your roof maintained well.

Keep loose debris off your roof. Living in the Pacific Northwest means plenty of wind and lots of moisture. Be sure that you remove any leaves, branches, or other debris that accumulates on your roof during the winter months, especially after stormy days. Be sure you wait until the roof has dried off a bit before you attempt to climb a ladder to the roof. Roof material can be extremely slippery. While you’re brooming material diagonally downhill from the roof, be sure you also clear debris from the gutters and downspout areas.

Be sure you inspect the roof regularly. Check the outside of your roof on a regular basis for loose or missing shingles, exposed nails, or any other spots that look like they need attention. If you see a lot of peeled or curled or cracked shingles, or if the granules are missing, these may indicate that the roof is at the end of its life. In addition, be sure you check the attic or other interior ceiling portions that indicate that water may be leaking from the roof to the inside of your home. This could cause mold buildup, and over time, could be very expensive to fix.

Remove algae and moss. If you see moss building on the roof, be sure you find a good moss cleaner and follow the instructions to let the solution do its work. Then, brush or sweep the moss away with a broom or wide brush. Avoid using bristled brushes or power washers, as these can cause the UV-protectant granules on the roof to wear away prematurely.

Taking care of your roof is an extremely important part of home maintenance and if you don’t keep up with it, this could be a very costly and time-consuming mistake.

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