Marian Vasilescu September 30, 2019

Every year, millions of homeowners replace their roof, either because it has reached the end of its lifespan or the last storm really did a number on it. But even though everyone eventually needs to replace their roof, there are several maintenance tips for shingle roofs you can use to avoid tearing it off sooner rather than later.

First important thing is to maintain your gutter properly. Remove debris from your roof: Debris such as leaves, small limbs, and sticks can damage your roof and encourage algae growth and even wood rot, so it’s best to remove it. You may want to have your roof cleaned while you’re having your trees trimmed, or just remember to do it each time you clean your gutters using a telescoping pole or a roof leaf rake.

Lets talk about Commercial roofing repair and replacement for flat roofs. Trees and branches are serious culprits for roof damage. Branches leaning on the roof will scratch and gouge roofing materials when they are blown by the wind; falling branches from overhanging trees can damage, or even puncture shingles and other roofing materials; and falling leaves can clog gutter systems causing water to backup into the attic or living spaces, or to run down behind the fascia. Take the time to trim your trees to prevent damage to your roof.

A roofer should make a note of any potential problems he sees during a roof inspection (such as rust appearing on flashing, or a single popped nail). If it’s not a concern today, the roofer should check in on it during his next inspection and make a note if it’s getting worse. He may consider whether it’s time to make repairs or replacements if he notices consistent or major changes. The roofer should also make a log of any repairs he completes. This will help remind both the roofer and the homeowner down the road what sections or materials are newer than others. (After four or five years, it may be difficult to recall strictly from memory!) This will also help create a roof history for the homeowners, other roofing contractors they may hire down the road, or even for future homeowners who may want to see what work has been completed over the years to maintain the roof.

Ice dams are nasty and cause serious damage to a roof. Once the ice has formed, trying to pry it off of the roof’s surface will only make it worse, so it’s best to think ahead on this one. You’ll want to winterize your roof if you live in an area where snow is a sure thing. Purchase a roof rake and continually rake the snow off your roof before it accumulates too much. If the snowfall is heavy and persistent, apply heat strips to your roof to melt the snow before it forms into an ice dam. See extra info at Roofing services in Colorado Springs.