Rockland County Roofing: Article About Preventative Maintenance Chores
Preventative maintenance is the best way to ensure that your roof outlasts its warranty. There are several things that must be done as part of the roof's preventative maintenance program. Some of these you can do; others require a professional roofer. By working in partnership with an experienced Rockland County roofing contractor, you can avoid major repairs and save thousands of dollars over the lifetime of your roof.
Free-flowing gutters are essential to your roof's longevity. To prevent them from clogging, you can climb a ladder twice a year and scoop out all the accumulated leaves and debris, pay someone else to do it or install gutter guards and never have to clean your gutters again. Many roofers include gutter cleaning as part of their annual maintenance plans. They also install gutter guards. Even if you are no longer required to clean your gutters, they will need to be inspected periodically to make sure they are not sagging and do not need any repairs.
Roofing penetrations like vent pipes, chimneys and skylights are the point of origin for most leaks.
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Each year, the penetrations on your roof should be inspected by a roofer who will make sure that the flashing and sealants have not worn out and replace them if they are no longer functional.
After a storm, inspect your roof to see if any shingles are missing. You can do this from the ground with a pair of binoculars. You can also look to see if any shingles are lying on the ground. If any are gone, call your roofer to replace them immediately.
Hail damage can sometimes be difficult to spot to the untrained eye, so if hail was a part of the storm, have your roofer check the shingles for signs of damage. If there is a problem, your roofer can help you through the insurance claim process. Missing and damaged shingles are a breach in your home's thermal envelope and could lead to serious roofing problems if not immediately addressed.
The attic is a part of your home's roofing system and should be included in your roof's annual maintenance inspections. Your roofer will check to make sure that your soffit vents have not been blocked by insulation or improperly installed siding and that your exhaust vents are working properly. Your roofer may also check to make sure that your attic contains the recommended level of insulation for your region.