Have you been doing your part in protecting the condition of your home? There's so much more that goes into caring for a home than most new homeowners realize. If you're new to owning a home and aren't sure what you need to do to protect the roofing, it's time to start learning. Here, you'll find a few things that you can do to ensure that the roofing on your home remains in the protective condition it needs to be in.
Call the Professionals
If your roofing has never been inspected by a professional, it's time to get it done. When you call the home roofing service, inquire about having a roofing inspection performed and if they offer free estimates for the work that may need to be done. Some roofing companies are happy to provide free estimates — especially following an inspection.
During the inspection, the roofer will look for signs of damage — this could be lifting or torn shingles, failing seals around the vents and chimney, sagging sub-roofing materials, and so much more. If these areas aren't inspected each year, they could easily cause thousands of dollars of damage to the interior of the home in no time.
Keep the Roofing Clear
Do you have piles of debris sitting in the valleys of the roof? If so, it's time to take action — the longer you allow that pile of wet debris to sit on the roofing, the more likely it is to cause the roofing materials to fail and a leak to form in that area.
To clear the debris away safely, you'll need a ladder, push broom, shoes with rubber tread, and someone there with you. Never do roofing work without a second person around just in case something terrible happens.
Get up on the roof and use the push broom to gently push the debris off of the roof. Make sure to always use downward movements going the direction of the shingles — never push the broom upwards or you could rip or lift the shingles off of the roof. After you've cleared away the debris, use the hose to spray off the algae and moss that has formed under it — it will be stinky and gross, but it's got to go.
Talk with the local home roofing service near you. They'll help you find your footing when it comes to caring for your new home's roof.