Regular roofing inspections and maintenance have been proven to increase the lifespan of your roof. Conducting your own maintenance, in between professional inspections, has several advantages. You will end up with a better understanding of your roof, which means you’re more likely to notice when something is different. Here’s a simple roof maintenance checklist that can make caring for your roof much easier.
Roof Maintenance Checklist - Signs to be Aware of
When it comes to a roof maintenance checklist, it’s important to include inspections in addition to cleaning and routine maintenance. Below, we will go more in depth on what to expect with roof maintenance.
Be sure to keep detailed, comprehensive and updated records about your roof’s overall health. Without proper records of maintenance, roof age, replacements and other critical data about the overall state of your roof, it's hard to get an idea of the state of your roof and how much life is left in it.
Ideally, you need to keep records from the date your roof was installed, including previous re-shingling, restorations, and other major projects. Similarly, you also need to keep track of things such as roof cleanings and replacements as they can give you an accurate picture of the overall health of your roof.
Roof inspections should be a top priority in our roof maintenance checklist. If you suspect there’s something wrong with the structural integrity of your roof, get it inspected right away. Inspecting your roof every so often is like going to the doctor for a checkup. Even if you regularly maintain your roof, you need to take a look at it every once in a while, to establish whether it’s in tip-top condition.
As a general rule of thumb:
• Inspect tile roofs after every five years.
• Composite/asphalt/shingle roofs should be inspected after at least once every three years.
• After about a decade of roof life, you should inspect your roof every two years.
• After 15 years of roof life, inspect your roof annually. An older roof is more prone to failure so catching your roof failing early may be the difference between a cheap repair and a costly roof replacement.
Inspections After Storms
A powerful storm can wreak havoc on your roof. Here are a few tips on how to inspect your roof after a storm. Here’s what to look for when visually inspecting your roof:
• Missing/broken Shingles
• Flapping Shingles
• Curled Shingles
• Check Gutters for Debris
• Check for Signs of Moisture
• Make Sure the Flashing is Intact
Keep Roof Free of Debris
One of the most critical parts of maintaining your roof is keeping it and your gutters free of debris. If excess snow, leaves, sticks and branches are resting on your roof and a storm rolls in, it can become too heavy and destroy your roof.
Make the removal of debris a standard step in your roof maintenance process, and you can be sure to increase the integrity and overall lifespan of your roof. Every roof requires constant attention and maintenance to ensure it’s performing as it should. This simple roof maintenance checklist can help you to protect your roof from damage.