#3: Maintain Your Composure – Are You Receiving Proper Roof Maintenance?

Roof Maintenance - Cleaning

This is the 3rd installment of “Ten Things About Roofing You May Not Know!which you can download as a free eBook.

You always get the oil changed in your car. You replace the batteries in your fire alarm. You even have regular dental appointments. So why aren’t you properly maintaining your roof?

Most people don’t know that a roof needs regular maintenance. That’s not to say you have to get up on top of the roof every day with a hammer and nails – far from it. Most of your necessary roof maintenance is a matter of common sense. Here are a few tips:

  1. 10 Things About Roofing You May Not KnowLook at your landscaping. Are any trees too close to the roof? If you have branches touching the roof or over the roof, it’s time for a trim. After a tropical storm or hurricane, check your roof for debris.
  2. Keep gutters and overhangs clean. Leaves and debris can cause clogs… and major headaches when water has nowhere to go.
  3. Check your shingles. If you have a shingle roof, take a look at it about every four months. By replacing cracked, broken or worn-down looking shingles, you can prevent bigger problems. Look for missing or loose granules on the shingles. Replace any missing shingles.
  4. Check for water damage. Go to your attic to check for water damage at least twice a year. You will notice it by looking for dark stains on the wood. On the inside of your house, look for stained ceilings, walls, or floors.

Keep in mind that you should ONLY go on your roof to do roof maintenance on sunny days that are completely dry. Never go on a slippery, wet roof. Wear rubber boots for the best traction. Also, be sure to use safety ropes before performing any roof repair. If you don’t feel 100% confident in your ability to go on your roof or do the repairs, hire a professional. You shouldn’t risk your safety or health to save a few dollars. Remember, falls from roofs and ladders are a leading cause of death. The Occupational Health and Safety Administration reports that, on average, over 300 people die from these falls each year.

Are you in the market for roof maintenance? Florida roofing professionals, like West Coast Florida Enterprises, are here to help you with all of your roofing needs, be it new roof systems or simple roofing repairs. Feel free to contact us online or call us at (239) 433-9777.

– Scott

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