Roof Maintenance Tips

The cost of roof replacement on your home or business is second only to the cost of buying the building itself. That's why roof maintenance is critical. Simple maintenance and prevention can extend the life of your roof and prevent costly replacement before its time.

There are many things you can do to prolong the life of your roofing material and prevent leaks,  additional damage or even the dreaded replacement.

Inspect Your Roof
By inspecting your roof twice yearly (and after every storm), you can easily prevent some of the top 10 most common roofing problems. Use a pair of binoculars to conduct this twice yearly exam, because even walking on your roof can cause damage. If you must get on the roof, wear rubber-soled shoes, brace the ladder, and be very careful not to slip and fall.

Replace Missing
To prevent additional damage (like water leaks, rotting, mold, mildew and more) you should promptly replace broken or missing roofing materials like shingles, tiles or shakes. A weak spot will allow the elements free access and most likely more material will break loose.

Do Not Power Wash
If you notice mold and mildew stains on your roof, don't use a power wash it to remove the unwanted growth. The pressure from a power washer can cause unseen damage and drive water in under your shingles or tiles, blazing a path for future problems. There are roof cleaning products out there to remove mold, mildew and stains, but it is usually best to hire professionals to take care of the problem and to clean your roof.

Remove Debris
Clear the roof and gutters of leaves, branches and other debris. Down spouts should not discharge onto roof surfaces, but should be extended to the eaves-troughs of the lower roof. Backed up gutters can cause damage to shingles, shakes or tiles along to the edge of your roof, so be sure to keep them cleaned out. Clear out any debris that may accumulate in the valleys where two roof surfaces join. Debris holds moisture and can cause mold and moisture to being eating away at your roofing material.

Trim Trees
Trees and branches are serious culprits for roof damage. Branches leaning on the roof will scratch and gouge roofing materials when they are blown by the wind; falling branches from overhanging trees can damage, or even puncture shingles and other roofing materials; and falling leaves can clog gutter systems causing water to backup into the attic or living spaces, or to run down behind the fascia. Take the time to trim your trees to prevent damage to your roof.

If you spot potential problems, call the experts at Roofing Southwest. The professional at Roofing Southwest have 40 years of experience working with tile, shingle, shake, metal and foam roofing materials on everything from residential to commercial projects. One of the largest and most successful roofing contractors in Nevada, Roofing Southwest has expanded its commercial and multi-housing division throughout the Southwestern U.S., including Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.

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