First-Time Homeowners? 3 Steps to Care for Your Roof

Posted on: 17 August 2016

If you are now living in your first home, you might not be prepared for all of the maintenance your home is going to require. Unfortunately, without proper maintenance, you can be left with costly repairs, especially when it comes to your roof. Here are some simple steps you can take to help protect your roof and prevent the need for costly repairs.

Inspect the Shingles

The easiest way to monitor your roof is to look at it. To do that, you'll need to do a ground-level inspection once a month followed by a more detailed inspection once every six months.

Monthly Inspections

Once a month, take a walk around your home and look up at your roof. Pay close attention to the edges and the areas where separate sections of the roof come together. You'll want to look for signs of mold growth or missing shingles.

Semi-Annual Inspections

Twice a year you should get up on your roof for a closer inspection of the shingles. During this inspection, you'll look for signs of damage on your shingles. Look for cracks or curling that will need to be taken care of. If you find visible damage, you might want to contact a roofer such as Advantage Roofing to take care of the repairs for you.

Give Your Shingles a Good Washing

Shingles can attract a lot of dirt and grime. Not only that, but if you have debris such as leaves on your roof, you could also have mold growing up there. To protect your roof, you should wash your shingles each time you do your semi-annual roof inspection. Here's some step-by-step instructions for cleaning your shingles.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Slip-resistant shoes
  • Garden sprayer
  • Hose
  • Dish detergent
  • Bleach
  • Push broom

Directions

  1. Put your slip-resistant shoes on.
  2. Fill your garden sprayer with water.
  3. Add 2 cups of bleach and ¼ cup of dish detergent.
  4. Use your ladder to climb up on the roof.
  5. Beginning at the lower edge of your roof, saturate a small section of shingles with the cleaning solution.
  6. Use your push broom to scrub the shingles that you just saturated.
  7. Move along the edge of the roof, scrubbing small sections of shingles.
  8. Continue across and up your roof until you've scrubbed all the shingles.
  9. While standing at the upper-most edge of your roof, use your hose to rinse the shingles.

Don't Forget the Gutters

You might not think that your rain gutters would be included in roof maintenance, but without clean gutters, your roof can be in danger. Clogged rain gutters can allow water to seep up under the edges of your shingles, which can cause damage. To prevent water damage, your gutters should be cleaned out each time you wash your roof. Use a whisk broom to remove all the large debris. Once the debris has been removed, use a garden hose to flush out the gutters. Continue flushing the gutters until the water coming out of the downspout is clear. That means all the mud and debris has been removed.

Now that you have your first home, make sure you take proper care of the roof. The instructions provided here will help you protect your roof so it will last longer. 

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