Nobody wants to deal with a roof leak. Not only can it cause water damage, but having to repair or replace your roof is time-consuming and costly. Thankfully, there are a couple of simple home maintenance tasks you can keep up with in order to reduce your chances of roof damage.
Clean your gutters
Your gutters exist to protect your roof. They collect water that would otherwise linger on the shingles, causing accelerated decay and leaks. However, gutters have to be clear of debris in order to work properly. If yours are clogged, you may get water -- and ice -- buildup on the edge of your roof, leading to peeling shingles and leaks.
Clean your gutters twice a year: once in the spring and once in the fall. Just climb up on a step ladder and scoop out any leaves and gunk. You can rinse the gutters clean with a pitcher of water if there's some small debris lingering after you remove the larger debris.
Trim your tree branches
Tree branches overhanging your roof can snap off and land on the roof when a high speed wind blows in. This is most likely to happen if your tree branches are dead or damaged. However, even if the branches are in good shape, they'll cast shade on your roof and make it a more appealing home for moss and algae. So, have a tree care company visit once a year and trim any branches that overhang your roof. If you are beginning to notice algae and moss growth, you may want to consider having the tree removed completely in order to save your roof.
Sweep off the leaves
Leaves are sure to land on your roof during autumn. Since the shingles have a rough texture, they may grab onto some leaves and hold them in place. Over time, these leaves can absorb water, trapping that moisture directly against your shingles. This can cause premature shingle decay and leaks. So, keep an eye on your roof, especially during the fall months, and promptly sweep away any leaves you see with a long-handled broom or rake.
Keep your insulation in good shape
A good layer of attic insulation helps protect your roof. It keeps heat from escaping through the roof in the winter. If too much heat escapes, it will melt snow at the peak, causing it to drop down and re-freeze at the edges of the roof. Here, it can separate the shingles from the underlayment. So, check your attic insulation once a year, and if it seems to be getting compacted or disheveled, replace it with new insulation.
For more information, contact a roofing contractor.