As your first line of defense against the outside elements, the roof on your home or business is something that needs to be kept in good condition. At 1-derful Roofing, one of the most common questions we hear is, “When should I do roof maintenance?”
While there isn’t exactly a “wrong” time for many types of basic maintenance, the best overall time is in the late summer and early fall. In other words, if you’re thinking about some maintenance on your roof, now is the perfect time to do it.
One of the biggest reasons to perform roof maintenance in the late summer or early fall is to ensure that your roof is ready for the coming winter. The last thing any home or business owner wants to deal with is a roof that has failed during bitter cold weather. In addition to making repairs much more difficult, cold weather makes it nearly impossible to properly do things like replace shingles since asphalt shingles cannot properly seal unless they are warmed to an ambient temperature of almost 70 degrees.
In addition, now is generally a good time because workers are able to complete the job with fewer interruptions. Spring and early summer days may be warm enough for the majority of roof repairs and maintenance, but frequent rain and damp conditions can make it much more difficult to complete the job.
Roof Maintenance – Where to Start
The first step in maintaining your roof is simply examining it from the ground. Look for piles of leaves and debris on the roof or in valleys. Are the shingles in good shape? Do your gutters appear to be straight and free from bends? A simple visual inspection is often enough to let you know that your roof has problems that need to be addressed.
For a more thorough roof inspection, we always recommend leaving the job to the professionals. Only licensed and experienced roofers know exactly how to correctly and – more importantly -safely inspect a roof. When a professional roofing contractor inspects your roof, he knows how to detect potential problems long before they turn into major headaches.
Based on your own observations or an inspection report from a roofing contractor, you can make decisions regarding what steps you should take next.
Basic DIY Roof Maintenance
If there aren’t any major issues that need to be addressed with your roof, there are a few maintenance tasks that many home and business owners can tackle on their own. However, if you are not comfortable with going on your roof or you are inexperienced, it may be best to contact a professional. Saving a few dollars isn’t worth risking your safety!
For those who know how to safely access their roof, these are a few DIY projects that can help keep it in the best condition possible:
Removal of Loose Debris
If you have branches, leaves or even a long-lost Frisbee on your roof, now is the time to remove it. Built up debris can hold moisture that leads to mold and moss growth, and it can put additional strain on your roof. To keep your roof performing at its best, take the time to clean up before winter.
A lot of debris can build up in your gutters and downspouts as well, especially following heavy summer storms. Wearing heavy gloves, clean out as much debris as possible, then scrub the gutter or downspout thoroughly using a soft-bristled brush. Finish by rinsing with a garden hose. To prevent future build up, consider installing gutter covers or screens.
Mold and Moss Removal
If you have moss or mold growing on your roof, it can cause a lot of damage to your shingles. Use a specially-formulated moss or mold remover to treat affected areas. Read the manufacturer’s instructions on how to use the product.
Do not use a power washer or a hard-bristled brush to attempt to remove moss or mold from your roof. Doing so can wash away the granules that help to protect the shingles from the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Denver Roof Maintenance
Taking care of your roof now is the best way to ensure that it will withstand the elements when you need it most. Being proactive now could save you from dealing with a major roofing catastrophe in the dead of winter.
While some roofing maintenance can be tackled by experienced DIYers, other projects should be left to the professionals. If you’re in need of Denver roof maintenance or roofing repairs, please don’t hesitate to contact 1-derful Roofing. We are here for all of your Denver roofing needs. Give us a call now at 303-984-7663.