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A Guide to Roof Maintenance and Service

For some of us, we don’t really notice or appreciate our roof. Our roof shields us from kinds of weather and provides shelter day in and day out. Just like you take care of your bedroom, kitchen, and other parts of your home, your roof needs attention too. Without it, It’ll degrade quicker than it should. Let’s look at some roofing issues and ways you can extend your roof’s lifespan.

Common Roofing Material Issues:

Before going into roof maintenance tips, it’s essential to familiarise yourself with common roofing issues that may arise such as:

Leaks: are one of the most common roofing problems and can lead to water damage, mould growth, and structural issues if left unchecked.

Missing or Damaged Shingles: can impact your roof’s integrity, leaving it susceptible to water penetration and leaks.

Clogged Gutters: can prevent proper drainage, leading to water pooling on your roof and causing damage over time.

Poor Ventilation: this can trap heat and moisture in your attic, leading to premature aging of roofing materials and higher energy bills.

Pests and Debris: small animals and insects can damage your roofing materials and make small holes where water and debris enter.

Tips for Roof Maintenance to Keep Your Roof in Prime Condition

Schedule Regular Inspections:

Conducting regular inspections is the first step in maintaining a healthy roof. Inspect your roof at least twice a year, in the spring and fall, and after severe weather events such as storms or heavy snowfall.

Check for Cracked or Missing Shingles:

Even though roofs are built to last years (even decades), summer weather can really take its toll on your roof. Excessive temperatures can sometimes cause the shingles on your roof to shrink or crack, and extreme summer storms can tear them off your roof altogether. Taking a few minutes to inspect your roof from the ground can help you identify any damaged areas.

Keep Gutters Clean:

Cleaning your gutters regularly prevents debris build up and ensures proper drainage. You can get a gutter scoop or a hose attachment to remove leaves, branches, and other debris. In addition, check for rust or corrosion signs.

Remove Moss and Mould:

Algae, moss, and mould spores are easily carried by the wind and can spread from one rooftop to another. While algae don’t tend to do a lot of damage to asphalt roofing, moss and mould can be detrimental.  Moss can lead to curling asphalt shingles, increasing the likelihood of losing shingles in bad weather. Mould can decay the structure of your roof and cause severe, expensive damage. Spray the affected areas with a liquid chlorine bleach and water mixture, allow it to sit for 15 minutes to a half hour, and then power wash it off.

Remove Snow From Your Roof:

Snow can be fun to play in, but a significant build up on your roof creates a not-so-fun situation. If you have an older, shabbier roof, a heavy amount of snow sitting on your roof can lead to the possibility of roof collapse. To remove snow from your roof, carefully scrape away whatever snow you can reach with a snow rake to relieve the weight on your roof.

Consider Roof Coating:

Roof coatings can provide an extra layer of protection against the elements and extend the lifespan of your roof. A reflective roof coating is used to reduce the apsorbtion of heat, which means that you won’t turn on your air conditioning and you’ll lower energy costs.

Trim Overhanging Branches:

Overhanging branches can damage roofing materials and provide a pathway for pests to access your roof. Trim back branches that hang over your roof to prevent damage and minimize the risk of pests.

Repair Promptly:

Address any issues promptly to prevent minor problems from escalating into costly repairs. Whether it’s replacing a few missing shingles or sealing a leak, timely intervention can save you time and money in the long run.

Invest in Professional Maintenance:

While some maintenance tasks can be done DIY, it’s important to also enlist the help of a professional roofing contractor for more complex issues. Roofing experts can help find issues you haven’t noticed before and provide proper maintenance and repairs.

If Your Roof Has Seen Better Days, Call Our Roofers in Dorset!

If your roof has two or more issues listed, it may be time for a roof repair or replacement. Heritage & Architectural Roofing Solutions is ready to assist you with any roofing needs you have. Our team of expert Irish roofers will handle your roof with care and provide you the best service for a long-lasting roof.  Contact us for free roofing inspections and quotes!