A Homeowner’s Guide To Caring For Your Roof

Your roof is one of the most important elements in your home’s structure, and keeping it sound and in good condition is a priority for every homeowner. For homeowners in Bucks and Montgomery counties, consistent care and maintenance is especially important for helping your roof survive the varying temperatures and weather conditions of the changing seasons, from the potentially heavy snowfall of winter to the heat and sometimes severe storms of summer and fall.

Caring for your roof requires regular attention, but if you establish and stick to a good routine you can prolong the life of your roof and stave off more expensive repairs. Some care tips are universal and apply to all roofs, while others are more customized to the type of material your roof is made out of.

Essential Care for All Roof Types

Whether your roof is a flat, modern affair or a rustic barn roof,
there are certain maintenance tips that apply across the board and that should
be practiced to promote consistent roof health and longevity. They include:

Regular inspection and maintenance: This should be done twice a
year. In a previous article, we talked about the need to have inspection and
maintenance done by a professional, as it is safer for homeowners and also more

Fixing problems when they are small: We’ve also discussed how
important it is, and how much money and hassle you can save, if you address any
issues with your roof as soon as they are discovered, rather than waiting and
letting them get worse before you fix them.

Cleaning your gutters: Roof maintenance isn’t just about the
actual roof, but about the irrigation system attached to it. Making sure that
your gutters and downspouts are kept clear will prevent the build up of debris
which, left to pile up, can lead to blockages, leaks, and other problems.

Tailoring Your Maintenance To Your Roof Type

Different types of roofing materials require specialized care.
Here are a few tips for some of the most common types of roofing materials:

Slate: Slate makes for a lovely roof, but slate shingles are on
the more delicate side and need to be maintained with care. Avoid power
washing, or even using a high pressure setting on a hose. Too much pressure can
cause the slate to crack, or can force water between the shingles, leading to
leaks and water damage. Steer clear of harsh chemicals as well, as they will
damage the slate.

Asphalt: Asphalt shingles are some of the most common roofing
materials you will see in homes in southeastern Pennsylvania. One of the
reasons they are so common is that, besides being attractive, they are
relatively easy to maintain. Regular inspection and maintenance as described
above should be adequate to keep your asphalt shingles in good repair. While
asphalt shingles are studier than slate, you will still want to avoid strong
chemicals and power washing, as these can damage the shingles.

Wood shakes and shingles: Wood shakes and shingles are prized
for their beauty, but are not as easy to care for as asphalt. As with other roof
materials, steer clear of harsh chemicals, and of power washing that can
actually drive water between and under shingles where it can pool and lead to
leaking. It’s especially important with wooden shakes and shingles to keep them
free of moss, algae, or other growth. In addition to compromising the roof’s
integrity, these growths can also be a potential health hazard.

Tiles: Tiles that are made of clay or other materials have the
same cautions mentioned above: avoid harsh chemicals and power washing. However
the major difference to be aware of with tiles is that, depending on their
material, they can be quite fragile. For this reason, cleaning and maintenance
that can be done on other roof types by a professional roofer climbing up and
standing right on the roof needs special care here. It’s best to avoid standing
or walking on certain tiles roofs to limit the potential for cracked tiles, but
if it is necessary, a professional roofer will lay down padding and protective
materials to reduce the pressure on fragile tiles.


more information on how to maintain and prolong the life of your roof, contact
JL Roofing

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