Have you ever wondered if there are any tips for protecting your roof? It is obvious that roof repairs and installation are projects that weigh quite heavily on the wallet. In order to avoid this, it is therefore important to protect your roof in order to keep it as long as possible and to postpone the moment when you have to undertake roof renovation work. So, without further ado, let’s dive into this blog and learn some of our best tips for protecting your roof that could help you maintain your roof for many years to come.

1. Bi-annual inspection


Our first tip would like to give you to help you maintain your roof properly is to inspect it at least twice a year. Many of us only take a quick look at our roof in the fall after the leaves have fallen, and even fewer do so when the snow melts. To protect your roof properly, you need to be able to detect, as soon as possible, whether it has suffered any damage due to the climate it has had to endure.

The best times to inspect your roof are in the spring, when the snow has melted, and in the fall after the leaves have fallen. Make sure that your gutters allow rainwater to drain away and that there is no risk of water seeping through the roof, which would considerably reduce its lifespan.

2. Clean your roof

Protecting your roof starts with an inspection. The second step after the inspection is to clean the roof. In the spring and fall, go up on your roof or hire a professional roof maintenance crew. Make sure that you or the crew that will be working on your roof are familiar with fall protection standards.

Maintaining your roof is relatively simple. Clean the gutters, remove branches that touch the roof if you have trees around your property, remove excess leaves in the fall, etc. Protecting your roof is just making sure there is nothing to damage it, after all.

3. Don’t use a high-pressure washer


Many people think that pressure washing the roof is the best way to clean it. Wrong! Pressure washing can actually damage your roofing by removing granules from the shingles or even creating water infiltration that could flood your attic. The best way to properly clean and protect your roof is to use a chlorine-free cleaner, a broom or brush, and rinse with a bucket or low-pressure hose.

If you have a flat roof, you should be aware that it is more difficult for water to drain off. Find out what products are available to strengthen your roof, as flat roof maintenance is more difficult.

4. Replace damaged shingles as soon as possible

Replacing damaged shingles is often overlooked, yet your roofing is the main armor of your roof! To properly protect your roof, you need to make sure that the sheathing is doing its job as a barrier against the elements. If you notice that one or more shingles are damaged, don’t wait until it’s too late to replace them. A damaged shingle can allow water or other elements to leak through and damage your roof.

5. Call in the experts


Once in a while, invest in maintaining your roof with the help of professionals. It will cost you more to not let experts handle it, so why not have your gutter maintenance and inspection done by people qualified to do it? Your roof will thank you, and so will your wallet in the long run. What might escape your eye won’t escape the eye of a roofing professional, and that could be the difference between you keeping your roof for another 5 years or not.

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