When you buy your first home, you'll have a lot of home maintenance chores to keep up with that you've never done before. One of the important tasks is to maintain your roof properly. You can do this without ever climbing on your roof if you hire a roofer when needed. Here are some maintenance tips that help your roof have a long life.
Keep The Gutters Cleaned Out
Water needs to drain away from the roof and the best way to make sure that happens is to keep leaves and other debris out of the troughs. Plus, while you're digging leaves out of the gutter, you'll be close enough to inspect the fascia boards and last row of roof shingles to see if they have any damage and need repairs.
Keep Animals Off The Roof
While you might think a big tree that provides shade over your roof helps control energy costs, there are downsides to having trees close to your house. One danger is that squirrels, rats, and raccoons can climb up the tree and hop onto your roof. All three of these pests can chew through your roof and cause a leak. If their holes are hidden where you can't see them from the ground, the animals and rain could do a lot of damage before you realize what's going on.
For that reason, keep trees trimmed away from your roof and call a roofer to examine your roof for damage and make repairs when you notice animals have been in your attic. Another benefit of trimming back trees is you can prevent damage to shingles from the branches sweeping across them during storms.
Call A Roofer For Quick Repairs
It's common for your roof to need repairs, and quick repairs can prolong the life of your roof. Check the inside of your attic routinely so you can spot roof leaks in a timely manner. When a leak is detected, call a roofer for repairs right away. The sooner a leak is repaired or at least covered over until repairs can be done, the better. You may also want to hire a roofer to inspect your home after a hailstorm or when you notice granules missing from the shingles which could signal old age. By knowing when the roof is at the end of its life, you can prepare for the expense of a replacement and not have it take you by surprise.
Your roof is one part of your home that you may not feel comfortable working on yourself due to the height and difficulty of climbing up a ladder. You can still inspect your roof from the ground and from the attic, and if you ever have any concerns about loose shingles, water leaks, or algae growth, call a roofer for help so you can get the longest life from your roof.