Many people do not think about their roofs until something goes wrong. When you discover an issue, the problem may already be extensive. It is vital to have a yearly roof maintenance plan.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when planning for your annual roof maintenance.

Hire a Professional Roof Inspector

A roof inspector can see the damage that is hard to notice with an untrained eye. They can also detect signs of degradation that might not be apparent to a homeowner. A roof inspector also provides tips on maintaining the roof longer and estimates its lifetime so you can plan accordingly.

Check for Physical Signs of Damage

Physical signs of damage show that repair work is required. Here are a few areas you should check out during your yearly roof maintenance:

  • Clogged or broken gutters
  • Damaged flashing
  • Missing or broken shingles
  • Green patches on the roof that denote mold or moss growth
  • Piles of granules in the gutters or noticeable decay on the shingles

On the inside, you may notice the following signs that suggest roof damage:

  • Water stains on the ceiling: Dried water patches indicate roof leaks. 
  • Mold: Mold grows where the material has stayed wet for a period.
  • Water stains on the wall: Water patches show a leak has developed on the roof, and the water has moved to the wall.
  • Rot and rust from water damage that originates from a leak.

These signs could indicate more extensive roof damage. Hire a roofing contractor for an in-depth inspection and repair.

Yearly Roof Maintenance Procedures

Cleaning During Yearly Roof Maintenance

Clean the roof to remove organic material and debris. These materials allow mold to grow. Likewise, your gutters need cleaning to remove dead leaves and debris that may cause the blockage of the entire drainage system.

Replace Damaged Shingles and Caulking

Damaged shingles are a significant cause of leakage. Water also seeps through caulking that has come off. Replace all the damaged shingles and caulking as soon as you notice them. In addition, fix any damage to the gutters and downspouts that may cause blockage or flooding.

Rot and Rust Remedies 

If you have a metal roof, it may require repainting and the removal of debris that hold on to water after it rains. If the rust is extensive or has eaten into the metal, you may need to replace the roof. Rot happens when water seeps into wooden roofing materials. Replace any part that is rotting.

Do not skip a roof inspection and maintenance at least annually or when you notice some damage.

Rhode Island Real Estate Inspection Services provides home inspection services. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment in Rhode Island.