Proper roof maintenance will ensure a long trouble free roof life. Many roofs problems are generally caused from a lack of maintenance to key areas of the roof. Most roof leaks occur where there are penetrations from the roof deck. They can be as follows:
- Roof vents or plumbing flashings
- Roof / wall flashings
General maintenance should be done at least annually. I always suggest that early fall is a good time before our harsh winters. If you have a new roof, most maintenance won’t be required for 5-7 years. The following checklist will provide a simple guideline for areas to check but always consult a professional:
- Check shingles for granule loss
- Check all flashings for worn or missing caulking
- Clear debris from around vents, skylights and chimneys
- Cut back overhanging braches from trees
- Clear gutters and downspouts of debris
A significant source of pre – mature roof damage arises from animals using your roof as a means of access. They will often try to nest in or around your roof. Birds, squirrels and raccoons are all commonly seen scouring residential roof tops. The best defence is to have any overhanging trees cut back. This will also aid in the amount of maintenance in clearing gutters. Also consider Smart Screen gutter guards. They will eliminate the need for routine gutter cleaning.
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