Southeaster Wisconsin Preventative Roof Maintenance

It’s natural for homeowners to want to get the most out of the investments they make in their home, particularly from their roof. Regular preventive maintenance will extend the life of your roof and save you money.

Industry statistics show that a roof accounts for only 10% of the cost of building a new home but 90% of ongoing maintenance costs over the years. So it would be best to take care of the roof routinely by cleaning the roof gutters from time to time. Checking for gravel from asphalt shingles, replacing missing shingles from the roof are key measures in ensuring the durability as well as the reliability of the roof.

The most common items to look for are:

  • Paint peeling on eves or overhangs
  • Cracked or missing caulking around skylights or chimneys
  • Bare spots on asphalt shingles
  • Missing or damaged shingles or other surface material
  • Curled or buckled shingles
  • Rusted flashing

These are some of the regular maintenance tasks that, together with periodic exterior inspections, will extend the lifespan of your roof.

Clean out the gutters on a regular basis

Your gutters are an essential part of keeping your roof weather-tight at all times. Falling rain and melting snow run into your home’s gutters and from there to the ground. If your gutters are clogged, water can pool on your roof causing your roof and the fascia that lines it to rot.

Make sure to clean any leaves and debris from your gutters every six months. Finding loose gravel in your roof’s gutter is a significant sign of deterioration and an indicator that it is high time to replace the roof.

Trim your trees to lower the risk of damage

You may love the look of beautiful, mature trees on your property, but you may not be aware of the risk they pose to your roof. Limbs overhanging from the trees may fall onto your roof and damage it. Dead leaves from the tree can accumulate and collect the dampness beneath.

Replace broken or missing shingles

With time, asphalt shingles, the regular type, fall off or wear thin. Another issue is gaps in your roofing, as gaps allow moisture to get trapped and cause rotting and leaking. Replacing missing or faulty shingles as soon as possible is a necessity.

Reseal and caulk around vents and pipes

Openings such as skylights, chimneys, pipes and vents make your roof vulnerable. Sealing these with caulking or roofing tar will help you reduce moisture infiltration.

If you still have concerns about whether or not to choose to perform routine maintenance, we offer a list of benefits with more information here.

Benefits of Routine Roof Maintenance.

Some of the most important reasons for performing preventive roof maintenance include:

  • Maintaining your construction guarantee
  • Reducing the need for re-roofing or total replacement
  • Extending the life of your roof

We believe that customer service is key, and we are happy to answer any and all questions that you may have. If you would like to learn more about roof maintenance to make your roof last longer and would like to have your roof inspected, be sure to see our Contact Us page to get in touch with a specialist today.