You can easily fix or repair the rest areas of the house in annual maintenance yourself or with the help of a handyman in an extremely cost-efficient budget but roof maintenance is the most expensive thing in the budget of annual maintenance if you include it. Unless you have prior handy experience and expertise on fixing severe damages of roof you need help. On the other hand, you can save spending a big chunk of money by simply maintaining your roof every six months as recommended by experts. Here are 5 easy tips by Roofers in South Jersey, M&J Roofing to keep your roof in top condition.
The roof gets old and worn out as well due to environmental factors but is neglected until major damage starts effecting the walls and interior of the house. In case to avoid additional maintenance of the house due to the roof you should give your roof a look every six months, before and after any extreme weather conditions. Look for any minor or mild signs of wear and tear. If the damage looks mild contact your repairman immediately. Additionally, check for cracked flashing around chimneys and vents, debris buildup, moss and algae, ponding water and any tears and punctures.
2) Roofing Shingles:
Roof shingles consist of individual overlapping elements for the roof covering laid from the bottom edge of the roof up to keep the house dry. These are damaged by thunderstorms and strong winds and a missing, curling or broken shingles may not look bad but if left unattended can cause severe damage. Make sure that shingles are inspected each season. The best choice is asphalt shingles which are relatively light, inexpensive, and easy to install.
3) Home Interior And Attic:
After the exterior inspection of the house, look inside for the signs such as discoloration, darker spots and water stains on ceilings and walls along with signs of moisture, mold, and mildew which is potentially caused by leakage in the roof. The attic compartment is right below the roof and can indicate the initial signs of roof damage. Check the attic for any insects, critter and make your the attic insulation is intact and ventilation is properly working.
4) Examine for rust, leaks, and fungus:
Treat any rust, leaks, and fungus immediately. You can install zinc and lead control strips to prevent from a rebuild of fungs. You can clean rust with a wire brush and paint the metal for a new look.
5) Gutter guards:
The gutter is an indispensable part of the roof and plays an integral role in the protection of the house. Clogged, loose, detached or broken gutters can damage your house inside out via aks to flooded basements and damaged foundations. First, make sure that all the downspouts and gutters are attached properly to the exterior. None of it should be loose or broken. You can also install gutter guards, a piece attached to the gutter to prevent leaves, branches, and other outdoor debris entering and clogging the gutter. It also prevents cracks.