6 Tips to a Healthy Roof

As summer comes to a close and fall quickly approaches, it’s hard to think that we have limited days of sunshine like the ones we are currently experiencing. Soon enough the rain will return and that will not be the time to crawl on the roof to assess leaks and damage!  Take advantage of these beautiful, sunny days to inspect your roof and make sure it’s ready for the fall and winter.

  1. Check flashing around chimneys and roof penetrations – flashing is your primary defense against leaks!
  2.  Inspect the roof for damage. Concentrate on areas that water may potentially penetrate: gaps, holes, nails or other damage. In most roof systems the damaged areas can be removed and repaired.
  3. Clean the moss from your roof. Moss damage will shorten the life of your roof by up to one half. Add a Zink strip along the ridge of the roof. Zink is a natural moss inhibitor and will help retard moss growth.
  4. Check the rubber boots around vent pipes. Rubber boots dry up in the hot sun which causes them to crack and leek.
  5. Inspect roof vents – make sure that roof vents are not blocked.  Improper venting can lead to condensation build up, which can lead to mold and water damage.  Make sure you have adequate ventilation for the cubic volume of your attic space or roof system.
  6. If you are concerned about the condition of your roof, it may be time to call in the professionals.  Most roofing companies will do a roof inspection for about $150.00. If there are repairs needed they will credit that amount toward the repair.

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Finally, clean your gutters –your roof and gutters work together to keep your home dry. Gutters should be cleaned out twice a year.  As the leaves begin to fall, make sure they are not piling up on the roof or backing up your gutters.  As you clean out your gutters, inspect them for damage: rust, holes, leaking seams and build up.  If they are beyond repair, it may be time to replace them.