Can I Do Maintenance On My Roof Instead Of Replacing It?
If your roof is currently showing signs of age, or damage from the elements, maintenance won’t fix it now. Depending on the extent of the damage, you might be able to do a repair.
This Isn’t an Either-or Question.
You Might Also Say, “It Depends…”
However, if major portions of your roof look old or damaged, a roof replacement is the wise choice. Skimping on roof repairs or replacement can end up being very costly in the long run.
Maintenance is an Ongoing Process
The sooner you start, the better. Your roof is not invincible. Its job is to protect your home and the contents it contains. Your job is to maintain it. Maintenance can help protect your roof and extend its life. Mark your calendar for monthly, quarterly and yearly tasks.
- Remove the leaves, pine needles, tree branches and any other debris. Those small piles of leaves might look innocent enough, but over time can cause moisture to form. The debris, in some areas hit hard by drought, like Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties can also present a fire hazard, so keeping your roof clear helps your roof last longer and may work as a fire prevention technique.
- Trim overhanging branches. Branches can cause damage by scraping against shingles and dislodging or damaging them. It’s a good idea to make sure any trees or foliage growing near your home does not reach your roof.
Twice a year
- Clean the gutters. Clogged gutters can cause structural damage at the basement level. It can wick into your roof sheathing, which can cause rot. It can also rot roof rafters.
- Remove moss, which can trap moisture. Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties all have various micro-climates. Depending on the geography of your particular neighborhood, your roof might be prone to growing moss. In areas that experience heavy fog and a lack of direct sunlight, moss and grow and like collected debris will hold moisture that can damage shingles and even tiles.
Once a year
- Inspect your roof for any signs of mold, algae growth, curled, cracked or missing shingles. Direct sunlight can take its toll on a roof. Wind is also a damaging factor. So, making sure your shingles or tiles are in good shape will go a long way in keeping your roof maintained.
- Check the flashing around the chimney and plumbing vents. The roof cement around flashing can become brittle and crack with age, allowing water to leak in under the flashing. The old roof cement can be scraped away and new cement applied.
Your geography, climate and surrounding vegetation all play a roll in roof maintenance. Add to that the design and slope of your roof, the roofing material itself (composite shingles, clay tiles, slate, tar and gravel, or Dura-last, or metal) and you can see you’ll want to adhere to a maintenance schedule that suits your home’s individual circumstances.
We recommend that you or preferably someone who walks roofs for a living, walk your roof every three to five years, to make sure you don’t have any surprises lurking in areas you can’t see. One of our professionals will be happy to answer questions or develop a maintenance schedule with you. Contact us today!