Homeowners in Southeastern Pennsylvania have a lot to keep track of in maintaining a safe and attractive home, but there are few parts of the house more essential than your roof. Your roof protects you, your family, and your belongings from the elements, provides structural integrity to the home, and adds value with its look and durability.
In Southeastern Pennsylvania, the weather generally takes us through four seasons where the temperatures and precipitation can vary widely and even be extreme. This presents homeowners in the region with an additional challenge in keeping their roofs well maintained, and it might seem like a daunting or overwhelming task. But JL Roofing has put together their top five tips for roof maintenance to give you a great place to start in keeping your roof in tip-top shape:
- Check your shingles regularly.
The condition of your shingles is a clear indication of the health and integrity of your roof. Missing shingles are an obvious sign that repair is needed—and quickly! But beyond shingles being torn off by wind, rain, or other factors related to weather or aging, you will also want to be on the lookout for warping, buckling, cracks, tears, and chipping. All of these are signs that your shingles are nearing the end of their ability to provide effective protection from the elements.
For many homes, much of the roof surface is visible from the ground, so it is possible to conduct a visual inspection without getting on a ladder. If you do get on a ladder, it is vital that you take every caution, as a fall from the ladder or roof can cause serious injury or even be fatal. Many homeowners consider it safer to have a professional do this work to avoid the risk of injury to themselves and damage to the roof.
- Keep your gutters clear.
It’s easy for your gutters to get filled up with leaves, twigs, and other debris, but a backup in your gutters or downspouts can cause water to pool. Pooling water is one of the greatest dangers to the integrity of a home’s structure, as moisture allows for the growth of mold and mildew, can lead to rotting wood, and can eventually cause leaks and further costly damage.
- Get your roof inspected by a professional.
A professional roof inspection is vital, and you should aim for twice a year. Even if you are able to conduct a visual inspection from the ground, professionals are trained and have the proper equipment to look beyond what’s obvious to discover the first hints of potential damage. Just as importantly, they are trained to conduct inspections safely, avoiding risk to themselves and avoiding damaging the roof.
- Keep your trees trimmed.
Trees are beautiful and provide shade and many other benefits, but when their branches get too close to your roof they can present a threat of damage. Low hanging limbs and branches can scrape shingles and other roofing materials, compromising them and making it easier for water to seep in through a scratch that deepens into a crack. Having your trees trimmed—by a professional who know how to do the job safely and expertly—can save you costly repairs down the road.
- Take care of small things right away.
Sometimes a cracked shingle is just a cracked shingle, and it can be replaced quickly and inexpensively. Left unattended, however, water can seep in, leading to leaks, rot, or mildew. The problem can quickly spread to neighboring shingles and to the materials underneath, and before long what was once a one-shingle replacement can become a partial or even whole roof replacement. Taking care of small things right away is the best way to ensure consistent maintenance of your roof, and to avoid unnecessary larger repair bills.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to safeguard against damage and unnecessarily costly repairs to your roof. For questions on how to implement these tips, talk to JL Roofing and Siding today!