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The Basics of Roof Maintenance

roof of house with windows and tree
Whether your roof is very old or brand new, there are certain things you can (and should) be doing to help it last longer. Roofs are an expensive investment, so you want to make sure you take good care of them. If you’re worried about your roof or you don’t know what you should be doing to keep it in good shape, you’ve come to the right place!

Clean It Off Regularly

One thing you should be doing regularly is cleaning off your roof. Even if it doesn’t look particularly dirty, moss and leaves can be very detrimental to the roof over your head. Luckily, cleaning off moss and leaves doesn’t require any fancy equipment.
If your roof is low enough, you may be able to clean it off with a long brush or broom. You also have the option of climbing up there with a ladder and raking off any debris. Either way, this shouldn’t be too time-consuming. Cleaning your roof off once every week or so is easy and it can greatly impact the lifespan of your roof. 

Trim Your Trees

If you have trees with large branches on your property, make sure that they aren’t growing toward your roof. If they are, consider trimming these branches or even cutting them off completely. Trees are beautiful, but you probably won’t be admiring the beauty of your tree branches when they ruin your roof because you neglected to trim them.

Take Care of Snow

While climbing up on your roof to take care of ice and snow in the middle of the winter might not sound pleasant, you’ll thank yourself for doing it. If there happens to be a huge snowstorm in your area and the snow on your roof doesn’t melt within a day or two, you should probably get up there and brush some of it off yourself.
Heavy snow on a roof for too long can, in severe cases, cause your entire roof to collapse. It’s a lot easier to clear the snow off of your roof than it is to have to replace the entire thing. It may be cold, but you’ll be glad you put the effort in when your roof stays intact.

Get Rid of Pests

We’ve all dealt with unwanted pests in our homes at some point, but did you know that pests can actually be a danger to your roof, too? Not only can pests be unsanitary, but they can also cause your roof to collapse. If you think you might have termites or other critters living in your roof, you should get that checked by a professional as soon as possible. 

Seal the Cracks

If you’ve been ignoring that leaky roof because it hasn’t been rainy in your area lately, it’s probably time to stop ignoring the problem and get it fixed. While a leaky roof may seem like nothing more than a small nuisance, it can cause irreparable damage to your roof if left alone for too long. 

Call the Experts

It’s a good idea to have your roof inspected by professionals every year. While your roof may look fine to the untrained eye, it’s possible that there are problems you aren’t seeing. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, so make the call and have someone come check out your roof for you.
While taking care of your roof may seem like a huge task, there’s no need to feel overwhelmed. If you’re not sure where to start with roof maintenance, or you are thinking about getting your roof replaced, contact the friendly team at Conrad's Roofing.