A roof is integral to a home, providing much-needed protection from the elements. Keeping your roof in good condition is key to preventing costly repairs. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take as a homeowner to ensure that your roof stays in excellent shape. Here are a few steps to help with regular roof maintenance.

1. Yearly Inspections are Essential for Roof Maintenance

Inspecting the roof regularly for signs of damage or wear and tear is important. Check for cracked or missing shingles, discoloration, sagging sections, and any areas where water could leak. If you notice issues, have them repaired as soon as possible before they become worse. Additionally, if you live in an area prone to severe weather, consider having a professional inspect your roof annually to ensure it is in good condition and can withstand extreme conditions.

2. Clean the Gutters

Clogged gutters can look bad, with unsightly weeds growing from the channels; they can also contribute to damage to your roof if not addressed promptly. Clean your gutters regularly so they can effectively drain rainfall from the roof’s surface, preventing water from seeping under the shingles. Overflowing gutters contribute to leaks, mold growth, and damage to your siding and roofing materials.

3. Trim Nearby Branches

Trees near your house can present a significant risk due to falling branches during storms or high winds. Tree branches that collide with the surface of your roof may crack or dislodge the roofing materials. Keep an eye on nearby trees. Remove branches overhanging the house or growing too near the guttering or siding. Trimming branches will minimize the risk of damage from falling limbs.

4. Remove Moss and Algae Growth for Roof Maintenance

Keeping your roof free of moss and algae growth is important for maintenance. Moss, algae, and fungus on the rooftop can cause the materials to deteriorate faster because algae and moss trap moisture, affecting the shingles. Remove moss, mildew, algae, or other growth from the roof periodically because these organisms will spread if not addressed. If you can access your roof, use a soft brush and a specially-formulated cleaner to scrub algae away. Otherwise, hire a professional to pressure wash the roof to remove moss and algae; they can handle the job without damaging the flashing or shingles.

A properly maintained roof is essential for protecting a home from weather damage, UV rays, and other hazards – not to mention it helps your property retain its value. Simple steps such as regular inspections, cleaning gutters, and trimming nearby branches will ensure that your roof can withstand all kinds of weather conditions, saving money on costly repairs down the road.

TUFF Home Inspections provides inspections to home buyers and sellers in New Jersey. Contact us to schedule our services.