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Maintaining Your Home's Roof
Written by Elizabeth Wood
Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement

Depending on what your roof is constructed of, your level of maintenance will change but it is extremely important that all roof systems be checked and maintained regularly. Proper maintenance will ensure that your roof remain in good shape throughout its expected lifespan. Professionals suggest performing semi-annual inspections to check for a build up of debris, damage from outside elements, and possible leaks.

Roofing maintenance can be easy and efficient by following a few simply guidelines. Regardless of what kind of roof you have, there are general tips that can make maintenance painless and save you money in the future. By increasing the longevity of your roof, you are saving yourself much energy and unneeded stress related to roof repairs and replacement.

Tips on preventative maintenance:

• Remove all debris including leaves, small branches, and dirt from the surface of your roof. Make sure to check in all roof penetrations.
• Install zinc strips to prevent and remove any algae or moss.
• Clean out gutters and test downspouts to make sure they are draining properly.
• Check all roof flashings for rust damage, holes, warps or penetrations that may or may not turn into leaks. Seal and secure damaged areas.
• Trim down any tree branches and other vegetation they may be hanging over your roof.
• Repair and place any broken or missing shingles, tiles, or shakes.
• Scrape and get rid of any crinkled caulking or sealant that is fractured and damaged. Reapply if necessary.
• Check the edges of the roof for wind damage and search for cracks that may be related to structural movements.

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