Roof Maintenance Tips for Homeowners

Aug 2, 2020 | Roof Maintenance

With more time spent at home, home improvement projects are on the rise. Indoor renovations as well as outdoor projects like gardens and landscaping are keeping homeowners busy. One of the largest and most important aspects of your home is your roof. We would like to share some tips in roof maintenance to help you get the most out of your investment as well as beautify your home.

1.   Keep your gutters clean and maintained

Your gutters are particularly important in protecting your roof and your home, directing water and debris away from your roof and your foundation. When debris piles up it can cause the downspouts to clog and water to accumulate in the gutters. Left unchecked this can cause water to overflow and cause moisture damage to adjacent lumber such as eave sheathing, shiplap, rafter tails, and fascia. Sometimes this moisture can even compromise the surrounding roofing materials. If your home is surrounded by trees, this may need to be done more regularly, such as quarterly. If you have very few trees or they do not contribute significantly to roof debris, a simple annual cleaning before the rainy season can help the longevity of your roof and gutters. Ask your neighbors for a trusted referral for gutter cleaning or call us for a free recommendation.

2.   Remove large debris and clean the roof

Debris, such as branches, leaves, seeds, or other organic material left on the roof will deteriorate over time. As this debris breaks down, it may even become acidic or allow moss to grow or seeds to germinate, which can compromise the surface of the roof, the underlayment, or the moisture barriers. A professional cleaning of your roof 1-2 times a year can greatly reduce damage and deterioration, prolonging the life of your roof. Not only does this maximize your roof investment, it also beatifies your home. Let us help you keep your roof cleaned and maintained! Give us a call at 916-292-9548 for a free estimate on a roof cleaning service.

3.   Proper roof ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is critical in prolonging the life of your roof. Roof manufacturers now require proper ventilation for roof warranties. A lack of attic ventilation can cause premature ageing, thermal cracks, and degranulation of your roof. Many roofers do not install additional ventilation or reuse the existing flashings, leading to future roof issues. A professional roofing company will calculate your existing attic ventilation including intake and exhaust to make sure you have the proper ventilation for your warranty, existing whole house fan requirements, or even just to cool your home. If you are unsure of your current ventilation, we would be happy to do a free onsite evaluation of your roof.

4.   Get a professional inspection

It is recommended to have a professional roofing company inspect your roof every 1-3 years depending on the type of roof, age of the roof, and the number of surrounding trees. We offer free maintenance inspections where we check for any signs of deterioration or repair that may be needed to prolong the life of your roof. We inspect your shingles, your flashing, and other roofing materials so you can have peace of mind and get a jump on any repairs that might come up. Finding and repairing small issues, can save you from larger issues in the future, such as dry rot or interior leaks. Waterfalls are beautiful, but NOT when they’re coming from your roof!

5.   Work with a Trusted Professional

Harlan Quality Roofing has been providing professional roofing services in Sacramento, El Dorado, and Placer counties for over 15 years. We provide you with comprehensive information about the current state of your roof and our recommendations. We take the time to explain our findings so that you can make an informed decision about what needs to be done and when. We are fully licensed and insured and offer excellent warranties on products and workmanship. Contact us today for a free estimate and consultation.

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