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What You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Roof — an article on the Smart Living Network
March 9, 2015 at 8:00 AMComments: 0 Faves: 0

What You Need to Know About Maintaining Your Roof

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As a homeowner, you’re responsible for every part of your property, from the foundation to the roof, so keep your home in great shape by performing proper maintenance often--especially when it comes to tree care and problem prevention. If you’re looking for some helpful tips on how to take the best care of your property’s roof from the experts, keep reading.

The most important tip is to take care of roof problems quickly. Don’t let a problem with your property’s roof get worse than it already is. If you or anyone else notices an issue with the roof, don’t delay in scheduling repairs. Issues include as discoloration such as black streaks or spots. These often indicate that the roof has algae, fungus, or mold growing on it. These problems can escalate quickly, especially if your home’s roof is shaded or if it’s particularly humid out.

Additionally, it’s essential for good upkeep to keep your home’s roof free of debris. This helps to prevent future problems cause by insects which can burrow into your roof and cause damage. Replacing broken or missing shingles also helps prevent insect infestation.

Also, make sure to prune or remove any trees hanging over your home’s roof. This is important for a couple of reasons. Trees provide shade, which can encourage algae or fungus growth, and a tree’s proximity to your roof increases the chance of accidental damage from inclement weather, so make sure to keep branches at a safe distance. Additionally, the closer a tree is to your roof, the more squirrels and other critters are likely to take up residence or even shack up in your attic.

Lastly, do periodic inspections of your home’s roof to look out for any signs of trouble. Vigilance is key for roof maintenance, so do regular inspections to prevent problems before they get out of hand. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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