If you have recently invested in a new roof, you know how significant an investment it can be. You are probably relieved that your new roof will last for years to come, and whatever issues you were having with your old roof are a thing of the past. Don’t just walk away and call it a day, though. If you want your roof to maintain its like-new condition, you will have to take some steps to make sure your roof is maintained. Here are a few tips on how to maintain your new roof.
Chalk this one up to things you can’t control. Whenever a particularly strong storm rolls through your area, it’s always a good idea to survey for any damage. Walk around the outside of your home. Look up at the roof and make sure no shingles have been broken off. Check your yard to see if any shingles have broken off and have dropped into the yard. And if hail was involved, have a local roofing company come out and inspect your roof for possible hail damage. These are all unfortunate circumstances, particularly with a new roof, but most likely covered by your homeowner’s insurance.
Do routine gutter cleaning so that this important part of your roofing system is always working efficiently. Keeping gutters cleaned will allow water to flow and, during the winter, will prevent damaging ice dams from forming. Ice dams can cause severe damage to multiple points of your roofing system up to and including pulling gutters off your home. Stopped-up water during warmer months can also be damaging as it can pool and penetrate under your shingles, damaging the decking below.
Anywhere sealant was used, such as around chimneys or other areas of flashing, should be looked at routinely. The sealant will crack and shrink as it ages. This will lead to potential leaks. Scrape away the old sealant and replace it with new to avoid a more costly leak issue.
You likely will not be able to see all of your roof from ground level. Climbing on ladders is not the best option for everyone. To ensure your roof is maintained throughout its life, routine roof inspections are recommended. A trusted local roofing company can perform these inspections. They have a keen eye and the experience to spot potential problems early so they can be addressed quickly. The sooner you address potential issues, the better.
Following these tips will ensure that your new roof will last you for years to come. If you want the best for your roof, then why not contact the best local roofing company? Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, LLC has the experience to not only install your next roof but to make sure that the roof lasts for years to come. Give us a call, and let’s discuss your options.
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