Starting At the Top: Important Roof Maintenance Tips
When is the last time you had your building’s roof inspected? If you can’t remember – or even if it’s been more than a year - it’s time to get a roofing professional out to take a look. Ideally you should have someone take a look every spring and fall, just to make sure nothing has been damaged by severe weather during the previous seasons.
The roof’s job is to protect the entire building from the elements, so it’s incredibly important to make sure it’s functioning properly. A damaged roof can let in moisture which can damage walls, ceilings and anything you keep inside the building. Trapped moisture can also cause an unhealthy mold problem.
Here are some of the things you need to look for:
• Sun damage. Certain coatings and sealants are vulnerable to heat and sunlight. Look for cracks, peeling, bubbles and other signs of deterioration.
• Standing water. Pools or puddles on the roof are a sign of poor drainage and can lead to leaks.
• Storm damage. After thunderstorms, high winds, hurricanes or heavy snowstorms, check the roof for signs of weakness or damage. Be sure to remove any debris that may have gathered on the roof.
• Gutter problems. Make sure gutters and downspouts are cleaned out regularly and fastened securely to the building.
• Overgrown trees. Keep trees trimmed back from the building. This will reduce the amount of leaves and twigs that can clog the gutters, and also prevent fallen branches from damaging the building in the event of a heavy storm.
• Pest damage. Lots of different kinds of animals, birds and insects can cause their own special kinds of roof damage. Have regular termite inspections and check for holes made by birds, squirrels, raccoons, etc. Consult a pest control expert to remove any creatures that have moved into your roof space.
If repairs are needed, we recommend that you have them done by a professional roofing company with verified references.
Spring Maintenance Checklist
Once the winter weather is on its way out, it’s the perfect time to do some property maintenance to prepare for the next season.
Here are some things to take care of now:
• Have your air conditioner unit(s) inspected, cleaned and serviced if necessary.
• Pressure-wash your sidewalks to remove any dirt, debris or remaining ice melt and sand.
• Have an exterminator check for termites and other pests, and treat as needed.
• If you have any outdoor gathering areas that have been closed for the past season, get them cleaned, maintained and ready for use. Pay close attention to decking and stairs, making sure they’re safe and in good repair.
• Check your smoke detectors. Whether yours are wired-in or battery operated, it’s a good idea to test them every spring and fall.