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Before any bad weather hits, it’s a good idea to ensure that your roof is ready for the upcoming rain or snow, changing temperatures, and wind. In order to help you get the most out of your roof, we’ve compiled a list of tips on how to keep your roof clean and prepared to handle the elements.
Clean out gutters
One of the most important aspects of a clean roof is clean gutters. By keeping your gutters clean and free of debris and clogs, water and melted snow are easily removed from the roof through the downspouts. If your roof is not cleaned often, autumn can be particularly troublesome for gutters and water removal, as falling leaves and twigs can quickly clog gutters. If gutters are clogged and excess water is trapped on the roof, roof damage due to the excess water is likely to occur and your roof can spring a leak. Clogged gutters are particularly a problem for roofs located near trees, because of the close proximity to falling leaves and other debris. If your roof is near trees, it would be beneficial to trim the branches around your roof in order to limit the chance of leaves and twigs clogging your gutters.
Schedule annual checkups
The best way to ensure a clean roof that is in tip top shape is to get it checked at least once a year by a professional. Entrusting an amateur to inspect your roof could worsen existing problems, whereas a professional has the knowledge and expertise to fix the issue the first time. Professionals are able to observe areas in the roof that might be less sturdy or more likely to leak. During the winter when heavy bouts of rain or snow are inevitable, these weaker areas might spring a leak under the weight of a heavy snowfall or a particularly strong thunderstorm. Moreover, the best way keep a roof clean is to climb up and inspect it up close, which can be a dangerous job. If you want the most accurate roof inspection and the most thorough cleaning, it’s best to call a professional.
Check after severe weather
After a heavy snowfall, thunderstorm, or any high-speed wind conditions, be sure to check your roof for any debris or signs of damage. Bent or missing shingles will need to be replaced and any debris should be removed as soon as possible, in order to prevent any further damage. In addition, during seasons where precipitation levels are heavy, moss and algae are likely to grow on your roof. While it is possible to take care of this issue by yourself, for best results, call a professional.
Address issues as soon as possible
No matter the issue, it’s best to address any problems with your roof as soon as possible. The quicker a problem is dealt with, the better the chance of keeping your roof clean and sturdy. While it’s best to leave big projects to the professionals, try to do some upkeep on your roof throughout the year.