Winter isn’t the only time you need to practice routine roof maintenance — ongoing roof care is a year-round endeavor! Though winter snow and ice dam removal comprise the majority of the requisite roof maintenance homeowners should perform, the summer season also comes with its fair share of potentially damaging weather conditions. And if you neglect routine maintenance throughout the year, your roof is at a higher risk for damage and deterioration. Below, our Keyprime Roofing team has outlined essential maintenance tips for keeping your roof in top form all year long.
Inspect and Clean Gutters
Gutters can collect a substantial amount of debris a very little time, especially during strong summer storms. And unfortunately, when that debris is left to accumulate unchecked, it results in gutter clogs that can make your roof, siding, and foundation more susceptible to water damage.
To reduce your risk of clogged, leaky, or otherwise damaged gutters and the problems they can cause, be sure to perform gutter inspection and cleaning at least twice a year. You should also perform a quick gutter inspection after severe weather passes through your area to ensure your gutters and downspouts are fully intact and functioning properly.
If you locate leaks, cracks, or other signs of deterioration, have a gutter contractor inspect the system. If repairs are a cost-effective option, have them completed at your earliest convenience to protect your home from water damage.
Trim Back Tree Limbs
In the Twin Cities, we’re right on the upper edge of tornado alley, which means we’re no strangers to violent summer storms and strong winds. In such severe weather conditions, large trees with overhanging branches pose a substantial threat to your roof because they can easily detach, fall, and puncture the structure. To reduce your risk of roof damage, be sure to trim back any branches that hang either directly over or near your home.
Inspect the Roof for Damage
At least once per year — summer is a great time because your roof won’t be as wet and slippery — inspect your roof for signs of damage. What should you look for? Start by performing a quick inspection from the ground. Look for damage or deterioration to the soffit and fascia attached to the roof, as well as damage to the shingles at the roof’s edge.
Once you’ve given the roof a once-over from the ground, it’s time to conduct a closer inspection. Grab your ladder, a pair of grippy shoes, and scale your roof to look for:
● Damaged or missing shingles
● Lifted, buckled, or curled shingles
● Substantial amounts of missing shingle granules (if you have asphalt shingles)
● Water stains or dark areas throughout the surface of the roof
● Missing or damaged flashings around roof protrusions and seams
After you’ve examined the surface of the roof, you’ll also need to examine its interior, which you’ll access through the attic. In your attic, look for signs that might indicate a roof leak, such as water stains on the wood and damp insulation. These issues are especially common around vents and roof protrusions, such as your chimney, so examine these areas carefully.
Alternatively, you can contact a roofing contractor to perform the inspection for you. Because recognizing roofing red flags without industry experience is quite difficult, hiring a professional roofer is almost always the best course of action.
Check for Algae and Fungal Growths
Homes in damp or shaded areas are notorious for developing roof moss and fungal growths because their roofs are continually exposed to moisture. While moss and algae aren’t inherently damaging, they must absorb a considerable amount of ambient moisture in order to live. They then hold that moisture against the roof, which can potentially lead to mold and rot development over time. And once roof rot develops, roof repair is usually out of the question.
In most cases, if you allow roof algae and fungus to proliferate unchecked, you’ll be in for a full roof replacement instead of less expensive, period repairs. To reduce your risk of developing roof rot, once per year, check your roof for signs of fungal or algae growths and remove them as needed.
To clean these types of growths off your roof, simply spray a 50:50 mixture of chlorine bleach and water on the shingles to kill existing growths. Then rinse the solution off with a regular garden hose. Pro tip: Don’t use a pressure washer for this job — it can damage your shingles!
Need Roof Repair or Replacement in the Twin Cities? Contact Keyprime Roofing Today
If you’re in the market for roof repair or new installation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Keyprime Roofing to discuss your options. We specialize in delivering high-quality, cost-effective roof renovations that deliver lasting performance and value, while providing the best customer service in the industry. To learn more about our roofing services or request a quote, feel free to give our team a call at 952-426-0132. You can also send us a message on our contact page, and a member of our team will be in touch with you promptly.