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A little care goes a long way

An in depth examination of your roof should be performed by a certified roofing professional. However, there are some observations that can be made by the home or business owner that can help a roof last longer and result in less costly repairs in the long run.

Obviously, walking on a roof is dangerous—especially steep-sloped roofs. A flat or nearly flat roof is safer once you have gained access, but extreme caution should be exercised whenever you choose to be on a roof. If you are the least bit doubtful that you can safely walk on your roof for simple inspections, it is always best to call a professional.

It is possible to glass your roof through binoculars looking for torn, curled, loose or missing shingles, and if you are comfortable on a ladder, you can observe your roof from several points around the perimeter without actually stepping onto the roof. Be sure your ladder is firmly anchored.

The following are a few basic tips to keep your roof in tip-top condition:

  • Trim tree limbs away from your structure.

  • Keep your gutters cleaned and flushed regularly. Check seams for leaks. Gutter guards are a good way to reduce debris build-up.

  • If any installations are done from the roof (antennae, air conditioning units, vents, etc.), inspect the work to make sure the roof seal is maintained.

  • Algae, mildew and moss trap moisture and can compromise the longevity of your roof. A chlorine solution and pressure washing are recommended for this type of removal. However, this type of roof maintenance should be left to professionals since improper use of a pressure washer can cause significant damage to roofing materials.

  • Check your attic periodically for moisture, water stains and weak shingles, especially after a heavy rain and wind.

  • Keep your roof clear of tree branches, leaves and other debris.

  • Replace asphalt shingles when the granular topcoat is worn.

  • Call your roofing professional if you can see any of the black felt underlayment.

  • Inspect eaves and fascia for any signs of rot or unusual signs of water leakage.

  • Catching leaks before they happen is always a money-saving proposition. CCR Roofing recommends a roof inspection if your roof is more than 15 years old in order to correct any damaged or worn areas before they become bigger, and costlier, problems.

  • Downspouts should never empty onto the roof surface. If possible, downspouts should connect directly to gutters to prevent untimely wear and tear of your roofing material.

Flat roof care.

Most flat roofs are not perfectly flat having a slight slope. Large flat roofs will have slopes that run in different directions. These slopes direct runoff to drains and downspouts and eventually away from the foundation of the building.

The following are a few points to review when inspecting your flat roof:

  • Remove all debris (branches, soil deposits, leaves, etc.)

  • Check for loose seams.

  • Inspect all penetration points in the flashing, making sure caulking is still holding a solid bond.

  • Inspect all drains and clear of debris, if necessary.

  • Check for indentations that could pool water, or holes in the surface.

  • When possible, trim tree limbs that hang directly over the roof area.

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