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Tips for Maintaining a Healthy Roof

posted by D.R. Horton February 17, 2016 0 comments

Homes are a long-term investment, and at D.R. Horton, we understand the importance of routine maintenance in order to protect your investment. Regular maintenance on things like a roof are helpful in order to identify potential problems so you can address them before they become big issues.

Here are seven helpful tips for how to maintain a healthy roof, according to Redfin.

Shingles

Simply cleaning shingles and keeping them free of dirt can also reduce the risk for algae, moss, fungal and lichen growth, according to the article. By checking shingles frequently, you can identify if one or a few need to be replaced. Which is a relatively simple and cheap repair.

Sealant

Have the sealant checked on your roof for cracks and if there are cracks. Be sure the old sealant is removed before new sealant is applied.

Trim Overhanging Branches

While many people appreciate the shade that trees provide, it’s important to keep an eye on any branches that hang over and keep them trimmed. Falling leaves can collect on your roof and retain moisture. These can potentially cause your shingles to rot. And if it goes unresolved, could impact your roof’s structural integrity.

Inspect for Rust

“If you constructed your roof using any metallic parts, then you need to check regularly that there is not corrosion/rust on the metal parts. If you notice rust developing, it’s important to wire-brush to remove the rust, prime and finally paint the affected areas of the metal to keep them healthy longer,” according to Redfin.

Clean the Gutters

It’s important to check gutters regularly and ensure they are kept clean. When debris clogs your gutters, water can accumulate and pool, causing potential leaks under your roofing structure.

Maintain your Chimney

Keep an eye on the mortar on and in your chimney, and if you notice any cracks or missing mortar, be sure to have it replaced as soon as possible to avoid any loose bricks from damaging your roof.

For more chimney and fireplace maintenance tips, check out our recent blog post here.

 Prevent Ice Dam Formation

If you live in a colder climate that experiences freezing winter weather, be sure to take proper precautions in order to avoid ice dam formations. “Ensure you take steps to insulate your house and roof to keep your roof cool and at the same temperature as the external environment. This will keep snow closest to the roof from melting into water and freezing onto the colder parts of your roof,” according to the article.

It’s a good idea to have a professional inspect your roof at least once a year, and as always, leave any repairs you aren’t comfortable handling yourself to the pros. 

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