Keeping your roof in good shape doesn’t need to be tedious. Simply doing some easy maintenance tasks can go a long way towards keeping it in good condition.
Trim Overhanging Tree Limbs
It’s only a matter of time until flimsy overhanging tree branches are knocked down by strong winds. And, when they do fall, the branches landing on your roof are likely to cause damage. That’s why it would be a good idea to trim those tree limbs before they can do any damage.
Clean Your Gutters
There’s also a chance that some of the branches and foliage may land on your gutters, clogging them. With your gutters clogged, there’s a risk that runoff rainwater will spill onto the roof or siding, and damage them.
Don’t Walk on the Roof
If some leaves land on your roof, it would be best if you can clear them right away. While these leaves pose no immediate risk to your roof, they may leave behind stains on your shingles once they start to decay.
If you plan on cleaning the roof yourself, stay off of it. Walking on shingles is likely to break them, not to mention be dangerous for you. In general, it’s better to leave any roof-related work to roofing professionals.
Schedule Roof Inspections After an Extreme Weather Event
Frequent maintenance helps mitigate damage from extreme weather events. After all, your roof is less likely to suffer damage if it doesn’t have any pre-existing damage. However, time is of the essence when it comes to mitigating storm damage. As such, you should immediately have your roof inspected after any extreme weather event, even if there aren’t any visible signs of damage. Relatively minor leaks can quickly worsen if left unattended.
Keep in mind that it’s easy to miss the signs of roof damage. That’s why you should only hire an experienced contractor.
Twin Rivers Roofing, a contractor with more than three decades’ worth of experience. To get a free estimate, call us at (540) 899-7774, or fill out this form. We serve homeowners in Fredericksburg and the Northern Neck region of VA.