We find that a lot of our customers will spend time on all sorts of maintenance for their home, but fail to think about the most important part of their house — their roof! (After all, the phrase is having “a roof over your head.” That’s how important it is.)
Fortunately their are some steps you can take to both maintain your roof and to potentially increase it’s longevity. And a little roof maintenance this weekend could catch small problems before they become bigger ones.
Here are a few roof maintenance steps you can take this weekend:
1. Check your gutters to make sure they are not stopped up. Be sure to check the down spouts are free of debris. Stopped up gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and spill over into your roofing system.
2. Check your pipe flashings for deterioration. (What is a pipe flashing?) You can find your pipe flashing on the roof above rooms that have plumbing (bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room).
3. Make sure your whirly birds/turbine vents are turning in the middle of the day. You should be able to see them turning. (Turbine vents turn because of rising heat, not outdoor wind, so don’t assume that a still day means it’s OK for them to be still.) Some houses may have power vents instead of turbine vents. Power vents house a fan that pulls the heat out of the attic. Power vents look like a silver or black mushroom dome and you should be able to hear it running. If your whirly bird, turbine vent, or power vent isn’t functioning during the day, call Ready 2 Roof immediately.
4. Make sure your shingles are laying flat. Lifted shingles, aka “fish eyes” are indicators that a nail is backing out of the roof. These nails create a “hump” in the shingle and can cause damage if not addressed.
WARNING: Some of these tasks may require an on-roof inspection. You might not want to do this on your own. Climbing on your roof could be dangerous and falling off a roof can really hurt. We recommend you call a professional, like Ready 2 Roof, if you think you may have maintenance issues.