2020 has been a whirlwind of a year. If you’re like us, you’re looking forward to 2021 and thinking about ways to make the new year better.
One great way to make 2021 better is by maximizing and protecting the investment of your roof. In this post, we’ll talk through 5 easy ways you can have a better chance of making sure this next year doesn’t have any surprises up its sleeve when it comes to your roof.
1. Inspect it Regularly
Inspecting your roof regularly is key to detecting any minor problems and resolving them before they become a major issue. It’s why we suggest inspecting or having a professional roofing contractor inspect your roof at least twice a year – once in the fall and again in the early summer. You’ll want to be on the lookout for any rust around metal joints or parts, shingle damage, issues with flashing or around skylights, moss growth, and then take appropriate corrective action if necessary.
2. Keep it Clean, But the Right Way
A big part of ensuring the long-lasting integrity of your roof is making sure that it’s not just cleaned regularly or when necessary, but that it’s cleaned correctly. That’s where hiring a professional contractor for roofing maintenance can come in handy, as they know the proper ways to remove dirt, moss, and other debris that may have accumulated on it. Power or pressure washing, for instance, should never be used to clean most roofs due to the damage that this high-intensity water stream could cause.
3. Pay Attention to Your Gutters & Downspouts
Clear gutters and downspouts mean that rain can be properly distributed away from the home. If your home’s gutters aren’t clear and it endures a heavy rain, the water is more likely to spill over the gutters, causing foundation erosion around your home, or pool up around the gutters, which makes the potential of a roof leak greater.
4. It’s Time to Trim Those Branches
Any trees growing near your home should be properly maintained – and for a few reasons. One, errant branches can scrape up the surface of your roof, especially in periods of inclement weather when the wind moves them with great force. Two, branches provide easy access to any rodents and/or critters that want to access your roof. Finally, branches make it more likely that leaves will fall or moss will grow on your roof. A good rule of thumb is to ensure nearby branches are trimmed so that they’re at least 10 feet away from your roof.
5. Find the Right Contractor
Finally, when it comes to something as important as your home’s roof, you don’t just want to trust it to anyone. From routine inspections to repairs, working with the right roofing contractor can help ensure that you’re getting the service that you need so that you maximize the lifetime of your roof.
Contact Perry Roofing
For more information on how to maximize the life of your home’s roof and to find a partner that will work with you to do it, contact Perry Roofing today.