Many homeowners neglect the roof until the damage becomes extensive and costly. The roofing system protects your family and property from the elements, including severe storms, winds, ice, and snow. For this reason, it’s important to perform annual roof maintenance and upkeep.

Regular inspections and roof maintenance will help you catch minor issues before they worsen, saving you time and money. Here is a list of roof maintenance tasks to improve your roof’s health and lifespan.

Inspect the Inside of the Home for Damage

The interior of your home might provide insight into your roof’s condition. Check inside your house for any leaks, rot, or mold. Water stains on the walls and ceilings might be caused by moisture seeping through your roof and into your home, indicating a roof leak.

If you have an attic, use a flashlight to check the condition of the insulation there. If it is damaged or damp, this could indicate a roof leak. While in the attic, check for light entering through the roof. If you can see sunlight coming into the space, water can find its way inside, too.

Insulate the Attic as Part of Your Annual Roof Maintenance

In addition to extending the roof’s lifespan and making your home comfortable, maintaining the insulation in the attic also helps you save on utility bills. Insulation reduces heat transfer and protects your roof from damage caused by expansion and contraction. Consult an expert to determine the correct amount of insulation for your attic.

Remove Large Trees

While large trees are an attractive backdrop to your home, they pose a significant risk as they may fall and cause substantial damage to your roof and property. Because of this, annual roof maintenance should include trimming large trees around your home and any overhanging branches.

Clean the Gutters and Downspouts

Gutters redirect water from your roof. When they are clogged, water will overflow and seep under roofing materials, eventually weakening them through moisture damage. Check the gutters regularly and remove debris to avoid issues.

Replace Broken or Missing Shingles

When you spot damaged or missing shingles, contact a roofing professional immediately. They will replace the shingles to prevent further damage and advise you on when you may need a new roof.

Hire a Professional for Annual Roof Maintenance

It’s never advisable to get on the roof yourself. Walking on the roof can damage shingles and lead to serious injuries. If you’re inexperienced or unable to climb a ladder onto the roof, don’t do this yourself. Prioritize your safety and hire a professional.

Professional roof contractors have the necessary equipment and experience to inspect and repair damage safely and quickly. They know how to spot potential problems and will give tips for maintaining your roof.

Whether you just moved into a new home or have been living there for decades, it’s always a good idea to schedule annual roof maintenance.

Rambo Inspection Services provides home inspections in the Chicagoland area. Contact us to schedule our services.