As we collectively say goodbye to 2021, many of us will resolve to take better care of things in 2022 than we did this year. If home maintenance is on your to-do list, these are four easy things you can do to help extend your roof’s lifespan, including roof washing and reducing the risk of needing a roof repair.
Have It Inspected
Every season presents a new challenge for your roof. The hot, humid summers and intense sun can be very hard on your roof, and the other seasons come with high winds and storms. The only way to know for sure what is happening on top of your roof is to have a professional inspect it to make sure that it is in good condition. Only a trained eye will know what to look for and be able to spot signs of trouble before they become too troublesome.
Your gutters work by moving water around and away from your home’s foundation. They are responsible for reducing the risk of structural issues due to cracks and shifts in the foundation. But they can’t work if you have dirt and debris clogging them. It is important to clean your gutters frequently or to hire a pressure washing company to do it for you. If you don’t address build-up in your gutter system, it can lead to a host of problems.
Over time, branches, dirt, debris, mold, algae, and mildew can grow on the top of your roof. When left unaddressed, they can lead to moisture problems and rotting that leads to expensive repairs – or in extreme cases, a roof replacement. Soft washing is an excellent way to remove dirt and debris on top of your roof. Unlike pressure washing, which can wear away at the surface of your roof, soft washing gets it clean in a much gentler and safer way.
Re-Caulking Around the Flashing
The flashing helps to stop leaking around roof vents and chimneys. However, it won’t last forever. There may be times when the flashing’s caulk isn’t holding or isn’t strong enough to stop leaks. It is important to spot signs of leaking so that you can address the water issues and re-caulk to keep moisture out.
2022 is almost here, and most of us will resolve to make positive changes in our lives. If you have home maintenance on your to-do list for the new year, start by following these four roof maintenance tips, and call our power washing company to ensure that your roof lasts as long as possible. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!