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Common Roofing Maintenance Tasks For Homeowners

Most roofs are made of strong materials that can last for decades after installation, such as metal, tiles and shingles. As a result, many homeowners do not perform proper roof maintenance because they incorrectly believe that a roof does not need regular upkeep. However, if your roof has an unaddressed minor structural damage or problem, it can turn into a costly repair or replacement over time. Spending a little time inspecting your roof can help you identify problems that need attention.

In addition, performing some common maintenance roofing tasks can prevent problems from arising, keep the roof’s structure intact and maintain the roof’s beauty. If you are not comfortable accessing your roof to perform routine maintenance, hire a Toms River roofing contractor to inspect your roof, offer advice and perform any necessary repairs.

The first part of a regular maintenance routine is inspecting the roof for irregularities. Ideally, you should inspect your roof before the winter months and during the spring. However, you also need to inspect your roof after a severe weather event, such as a blizzard or hurricane, because of the possibility that the roof may have sustained damage. For example, wind uplift can blow off roofing materials.

Walk around your house and check the ground for any pieces of roofing material, such as a piece of tile, flashing or shingle.

Replacing a missing or damaged piece of roofing, such as a shingle, is relatively inexpensive. If you are comfortable, climb up to the roof with a sturdy ladder to check for signs of further damage. For example, look for loose flashing, cracks and missing materials. In addition, make a note of critical problems, such as dark spots, which can indicate leaks or deterioration. A leak is a serious problem and should be taken care of as soon as possible because it can directly affect the roof’s structural integrity.

After taking care of any damaged areas of your roof, the next thing you need to do is perform some maintenance tasks. Remove any tree branches that are near the roof to prevent damage. Tree branches can break due to strong winds, ice and rain. In addition, a tree branch can act as a bridge that allows wildlife to access your roof. Clear any debris off your roof, gutters and downspouts. An accumulation of debris in these areas can trap moisture, which can encourage moss to grow. You can use a rake, broom or similar tool to remove the debris from your roof. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about new roofs or gutters.

Roofing term provided by Fortified Roofing, Toms River NJ:

Wind uplift

Wind uplift is the movement of a roof component that is caused by the displacement of high air pressure below the roof to a location of low air pressure on the surface of the roof. The phenomenon is strong enough to remove entire sections of a roof.

Toms River FAQ about roofing:

Can regular roof maintenance prevent serious damage?

Although regular roof maintenance cannot prevent damage from a severe weather anomaly, such as a blizzard, it can reduce the amount of damage that occurs. For example, if the roof is structurally sound and clear of debris, it is less likely that strong winds, rain or snow can cause undue damage. However, if the roof has damaged components, such as shingles, severe weather can exacerbate the problem.

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