Our roofs are vital parts of our homes, and keeping up with maintenance will ensure it remains as safe and as comfortable as possible. Roofs protect you and your family during heavy storms, intense sun, and cold temperatures, so they must work in the best way possible.
If your roof becomes damaged or needs replacing, it can be expensive and potentially dangerous. By keeping up with roof maintenance, you’ll notice any changes or repairs that need attention before the problem becomes too large. Whether you have a tiled or metal roof, maintenance is essential.
Roof maintenance tips
We’ve gathered the top ten roof maintenance tips to help you stay safe under the protection of a well-working roof.
1. Keep your gutters clean
Cleaning your gutters is essential to roof maintenance, as they can become blocked with debris. If water can’t flow freely away from your home, you may have a pesky leak or a water damage problem in your attic. Regular cleaning reduces pests such as bugs, birds, and rodents and your gutters won’t become blocked or clogged.
Keeping your gutters clean will help to avoid the damage of a blockage, increase your roof’s life span and prevent costly repairs. Make time to get up on a ladder or hire a professional to help you.
2. Remove moss and mould
Over time, the wind can carry mould spores, moss, and algae that can land on your roof. While this is often not a cause for concern, moss and mould on your roof could indicate a leak. Moss can damage roof shingles, and mould can cause structural damage to your home.
You can use liquid chlorine bleach and water to spray the affected area before letting it sit and power washing it away. Removing mould and moss before a problem arises will benefit your roof and home structures in the long run.
3. Look for missing or cracked shingles
In the heat of the Australian sun, shingles can crack or shrink, and tropical storms or hurricanes can rip them off, so checking for signs of damage is important.
If you notice a missing or cracked shingle, replacing it quickly will prevent further damage. By checking your roof and replacing any shingles or broken tiles, you’ll save on roof repairs in the future and avoid any water damage.
4. Check your attic and ceiling
You can keep on top of roof maintenance by looking at the interior of your home, such as in your attic and ceiling. You may be able to see signs of roof leaks, like water damage or moisture forming. You may need full roof restorations if structural damage gets out of hand. If you notice anything, call a professional to come and take a look as if caught early enough, a leaking roof can be prevented.
Your attic should have insulation and ventilation, so keep that in mind when checking for any signs of damage. If you notice a leak, our Fastfix Wet Shield is an quick solution, creating an instant roof repair with its instantly waterproof properties.
5. Trim the trees
Trimming the trees surrounding your house is vital for roof maintenance, as pests such as rats can access your roof by overhanging trees or branches. During storms or high winds, the branches can cause damage to your roof, especially on tiled roofs.
Trim your trees up to ten feet away to avoid dangerous situations and ensure that any shrubs or surroundings aren’t blocking your gutters. Don’t hesitate to hire a professional to do the job for you, as it’s an essential part of proper roof maintenance.
6. Check for loose nails
Nails on a roof are vital to ensure it remains in place, especially during bad weather. If a nail is exposed, it may be loose, and this could be damaging to the safety and comfort of your home. A loose nail could create an entryway for water, so fixing it as soon as possible is essential.
By simply hammering loose nails, you could prevent further damage to your roof and home, ensuring there are no gaps for water to enter your home.
7. Replace the caulk around the roof flashing
Roof flashing usually surrounds your chimney and vent pipes, preventing water from leaking into your home. To avoid future roof leak repairs, check the caulk to see if it needs replacing. If it looks like it’s coming away, lifting in areas or has missing parts, it’s time for a replacement.
If the flashing needs replacing, our Wakaflex product is ideal as it’s highly durable, flexible, and UV resistant. Its non-toxic and lightweight features make it perfect for a quick fix with long-lasting properties.
8. Check your attic’s insulation
Proper insulation reduces heat transfer between the roof and the attic space, creating a more comfortable temperature in your home. Effective insulation can help reduce energy costs by keeping heat inside in colder weather, so working correctly is vital.
Good insulation and ventilation work as moisture control, preventing mould build-up. At EvoBuild, our RapidRidge product allows your roof to breathe, creating a natural cooling passive system helping to control the temperature. When installed properly, insulation can last for 40 years, will reduce your carbon footprint and keep your home comfortable.
9. Inspect your roof every year
Inspect your roof annually to keep up with your roof and any problems that may occur. You may not be able to see all of the issues from the ground, so if you feel confident enough to get up and have a look, routine maintenance could save you from significant repairs or even a total roof replacement.
If a roof repair is needed, catching it early before the problem progresses is essential.
Different roofing materials can affect your inspections. For example, metal roofing is better in hot climates and is less affected by storms than roof tiles, which high winds can easily damage.
10. Rely on the experts
Roofs are important parts of our homes and keep us safe from outside elements. If you need a job like a roof plumbing service or are unsure about something, a trusted professional can provide thorough roof repair services to keep it safe and secure for you and your family.
Choose the right professional deepening on your roof; for example, you may need someone specialising in metal roofs.
Regular and proper maintenance is necessary to keep on top of any problems before they worsen. Follow these ten tips to prevent expensive and dangerous damage. Check your roof safely, and rely on the experts for assistance if you need to.
At EvoBuild, our products are designed to prolong your roof’s lifespan and keep on top of any maintenance you may need. For the best roofing solutions, check out our website today or contact us for more information.