Roof maintenance: 5 tips and tricks to keep a healthy roof

roof maintenance

As we are going into the winter months, here at Roofing Matters Group, we wanted to go through some tips and tricks for roof maintenance to keep your roof healthy. Just as other aspects of life take time and effort to maintain, your roof also requires steps to be taken to maintain its health as well as the health of your home.

Your roof does a lot for you and your home. It protects you from weather, falling debris, animals, bugs, and other outdoor elements. Yet sometimes we forget about our roof until it’s too late!  While any roof can still be repaired once damaged, it’s much easier and cost-effective to maintain a healthy roof.

Check for cracked or missing tiles

Keep a close eye to detect any missing or damaged tiles. Simply cleaning tiles and keeping them free of dirt can also reduce the risk for algae, moss, fungal and lichen growth that can compromise your roof’s integrity.

Roof maintenance

While roofs are built to last for years to come, severe weather, like hurricanes and tropical storms, can be strong enough to damage even the strongest roofing systems. Taking a few minutes to inspect your roof from the ground can help you identify any areas where tiles may be missing or damaged.

Any signs of damage should be looked at by a professional. They are able to truly assess the damage and restore your home back to its healthy condition. You can get in contact with Roofing Matters Group to fix any damage here.

Clean the gutters

Gutters that clog up can cause a lot of damage to your roof. The reason for this is that water accumulating on gutters can easily make its way underneath your roofing structure.

Gutters

Each season brings with it debris that can end up in your gutters. Making sure that your gutters are clean and free of blockages all year is important to residential roof maintenance. If water can’t flow freely down your gutters and away from your home, it can cause a whole lot of trouble.

Trim overhanging branches

Be on the lookout for trees that are growing near your home. If there are branches hanging too closely to or directly above your roof, they need trimming. The reason is that falling leaves will collect on the roof, retain moisture and then start to rot your tiles, making them much weaker. If this remains unsolved for a long time, it may result in even more damage to the entire roofing structure.

Trimming your branches also helps prevent a build-up of leaves falling onto your roof and into the gutters. Keeping your gutters clean of leaves will also help prevent clogging up the downpipes.

Check your chimney

If you notice cracked or missing mortar in your chimney, ensure you replace this as soon as possible. This is critical part of roof maintenance since the mortar holds the chimney bricks in place, and if any brick falls out, it could cause damage to your roof.

Remove moss and mould

Moss and mould can increase the likelihood of losing tiles in bad weather and allowing moisture to penetrate other layers of the roofing system. Mould can decay the structure of your roof and cause severe, expensive damage. It’s important to get rid of any moss and mould as soon as possible.

Any roofing work you need, repairs or renewals, you can get in contact with Roofing Matters Group for a free no obligation quote here.