As a homeowner, you shouldn’t have to spend a lot of time worrying about your roof. In fact, for most people, the only time they really think about the condition of their roof is when something goes wrong, such as a leak or missing shingles. Still, if you’d like to have the full luxury of not having to worry about your roof, there are at least a few small maintenance steps you should take with your residential metal roofing in Alaska.
Here are just a few DIY inspection and maintenance tips you can keep in mind to help you keep your roof in great condition for many years to come:
- Get the roof inspected before purchase: Any time you purchase a property, you’re required to have a home inspection performed. This protects the buyer, the seller and the lender. Any good home inspection should include a thorough inspection of the condition of the roof. If you know the roof will need to be totally replaced, this could potentially make you walk away from the purchase, or at least significantly alter your offer.
- Clear off debris: Branches, leaves, dirt and other types of debris can clog up your gutters, which could result in water backing up into the attic or living areas or potentially getting behind the fascia boards, where it could damage some external elements of your roof. You should therefore clean your roof and gutters at least a couple times per year to prevent these sorts of backups from causing significant issues in your home.
- Maintain proper ventilation: If you do not have sufficient ventilation on your roof, it becomes much easier for moisture and heat to get trapped and cause problems with rot in the sheathing and rafting, as well as buckling of roof materials and damage to the effectiveness of your insulation.
- Trim back trees: If you have tree branches hanging over your roof, you might consider trimming them back, especially if they’re occasionally touching the roof. You don’t want them to scratch your roof or potentially puncture your shingles. This can also help you to keep some of the tree-related debris off your roof.
- Keep an eye on your shingles: Shingle damage occasionally happens during storms, so it’s always a good idea to keep an eye on your shingles and make sure they’re looking okay, especially if you’ve recently had a storm blow through your area. Look for shingles that are lifting up or have blown off entirely. Missing or damaged shingles make a roof more vulnerable to water and rot.
- Check your attic: After big rainstorms, it’s also a good idea to check out your attic and see if there are any water stains or signs of potential roofing issues showing up on the interior of the structure. This could give you an insight into the condition of the roof that you might not otherwise be able to get by looking at it from the outside.
These are just a few examples of some of the steps you can take to keep your roof in good condition for years to come. For more information about maintaining residential metal roofing in Alaska, we encourage you to contact the team at Superior Products Inc. today.
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