When was the last time you had your roof tuned up?
Well, that’s too long! Your roof is like any other possession you might have. If it’s important to you… you will take care of it. If it’s something that has value, then you want to make sure it retains its value. Your roof is not something you can have installed once and never have to think about it again. Roofs are exposed to the elements and will weather and sometimes get damaged.
You can use a car tune-up analogy if you like. A car cannot be driven forever without giving it the attention it needs to keep it running. Your car gets old, so does your roof. Your car can get damaged, your roof can suffer damage as well. Your car needs scheduled maintenance and so does your roof. Your car will last longer if you keep it serviced and so will your roof.
Maintaining Your Roof
Here are a few things you need to keep in mind when maintaining your roof. Your roof is subject to natural weather events. Storm damage can take place and you may not even be aware of it. It is a good idea to check your roof, or have your roof checked by a good local roofer, after each severe weather event. Check for shingles that may have blown off of torn. Examine the roof for lifted shingles that may not be stuck to the shingle beneath it. Dirt and debris can often get blown up under the shingles keeping them from adhering to the shingles beneath them.
High winds can often cause limbs and tree branches to fall on the roof damaging the shingles, Check for ripped, cut, and curled shingles to make sure they aren’t allowing water to seep inside. You can check for inside water damage by thoroughly checking the roof from inside the attic. And of course, check for hail damage. Hail damage will leave bruises and often even breaks in the mat of the shingle itself.
Granule Loss in Your Gutters
Also check for granule loss. These areas will show signs of discolor allowing the tar surfacing the fiberglass mat to show through. You can also tell by checking in the gutters and at the bottom of the gutter downspouts where the loose granules will build up.
Also check for nails that are backing out. The nails should be either removed and replaced, or reset. Some nails on the ridge may be exposed without shingles covering them. These nails should be covered with roofing caulk to insure they don’t leak water into the attic. And some roof flashing may show signs of rust or may be bent or pulled away from the area it’s protecting should be replaced.
Making sure your roof has a regular tune-up will save you money in the long run. Most roofing companies will do a tune-up service for a reasonable expense. It’s better to take care of the minor problems before they become major ones.
That should make you sing a happy tune…up.