Yearly roof maintenance can prevent minor issues from becoming large and expensive problems. Regularly cleaning and inspecting the roof guarantees that your investment lasts as long as possible. Inspect your roof after strong storms or at least twice yearly, once in spring and once in fall.
Assess the Condition of Your Roof
Only those capable of safely climbing a ladder should examine the roof. Depending on the slope, it may be difficult to walk on. Professional roofers can perform inspections safely, and they are less likely to miss an issue. Whether you hire a professional or do it yourself, this checklist will highlight what to look for.
Yearly Roof Maintenance Checklist
Inside Your Home
Start your yearly roof check-up inside the house. Examine interior walls and ceilings for any signs of water. If there is staining on the wall or ceiling, this could indicate a leak in the roof. Mildew and mold are signs the area has been damp for some time. Notice if there are areas where the ceiling seems to be sagging, indicating rot caused by water damage.
Clear the Gutters
Cleaning gutters is an essential part of roof maintenance. Clogged gutters and downspouts lead to water pooling on the roof. Remove debris and use a garden hose to check the flow of water. Water should drain away from the house, not near the foundation. Look for rust spots or leaks in the gutter. Make necessary repairs as soon as possible. Rust erodes the guttering material, causing water to leak in undesired areas.
Exterior Roof Maintenance
Walk the roof and remove any debris. Check for missing tiles or shingles, and replace them as soon as possible. If any tiles or shingles are broken or damaged, replace them. For metal roofs, keep an eye out for rust. For wooden roofs, look for areas that are sagging or appear soft, a sign of rot. Repair or replace these areas before the damage becomes worse.
During your yearly roof maintenance, pay attention to features on the roof, such as solar panels, the satellite dish, or the chimney. Make sure the roof beneath the extra weight is sturdy, and verify that the seals around the chimney are in good shape.
By completing yearly roof maintenance, you extend the life of your roof and prevent leaks and water damage.
American Home Inspection Services provides inspection services in Southeast Michigan. Contact us to schedule an appointment.