Taking Steps: Cost-Effective Roofing Maintenance
Maintaining your roof is an essential part of being a homeowner or building owner. Some people think roofing maintenance is expensive and unnecessary. The truth is, keeping up with your roof can help save you from a costly emergency repair or replacement down the road. Here are a few things you can do without breaking the bank.
How Do You Maintain a Roof?
Keep your roof looking and operating well by taking the following steps. The best part? These are free or low-cost preventive measures you can take.
Remove debris. Routinely remove leaves, twigs, and branches to keep them from accumulating and eroding sections of your roof. Not doing so could leave you exposed to vulnerabilities.
Get rid of mold and algae. Don’t let mold and algae grow on your roof. Use a bucket of soapy water and a broom to gently scrub these away.
Clean out and maintain gutters. This should be #1 on your roof maintenance checklist. Gutters can get clogged up, and water can pool and damage your roof. Put a time on your calendar during the fall and spring to clean them out.
Check your ventilation. Not only does proper ventilation extend your roof’s lifespan, but it also keeps your energy bills down. Check your attic (if you have one) to assess the interior temperature. If you have proper attic ventilation, the temperature in the attic should be no more than 8-10 degrees different than the outside air temperature. The ideal is for interior temperature and exterior temperature to be about the same. Unfortunately, the typical attic temperature may be as much as 50-60 degrees warmer than the exterior temperature, causing premature aging to the roof system and increasing utility bills. A roofing company can make recommendations and fixes to attic ventilation for your home or commercial building.
Start a roof maintenance checklist. If you don’t already have a checklist, it’s time to start one. Whether you write it down or track it digitally is up to you. Make a note when you perform routine maintenance and any observations you have. It’s also good to note any recommendations you get from your inspections. This list will help keep you organized all year round.
When to Get a Professional Roofing Company Involved
It’s time for an annual inspection. One of the best things you can do is schedule yearly inspections as part of your roof maintenance checklist. An expert can look at your roof and note where you need to pay attention and where a repair now could make a difference.
You feel unsafe. We applaud you for wanting to take on roof maintenance on your own, but your safety should always be the priority. Don’t go up on the roof if you’re not comfortable doing so. It’s always better to let the experts take care of it.
The job requires walking on your roof. If you’re not used to walking on your roof, we recommend leaving that to the professionals. Otherwise, you risk damaging the roof system.
Trust SUNVEK for Your Roofing Maintenance
When you need an Arizona roofing company, SUNVEK Roofing is here to help. Whether you’re looking for commercial roof maintenance or assistance with your home, we’ve been at this for nearly 40 years. Our commitment to honesty and transparency means you’re in solid hands with our team—we’ll never steer you wrong. Contact us today!
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