A roof in the best possible shape for the longest possible time is like a return on your investment and reward of all the efforts that you put in!
No matter how big or small is the facility, roof is a huge investment and you can’t think of furbishing it anytime sooner than necessary.
Replacing is certainly expensive but a leaking or collapsing roof is even more dangerous. Hence it is necessary that you put your efforts towards maintaining it in good shape so as to prolong its life. Here are some tips to assist you with the same:
- Cleaning the gutters: If you think that clogged gutters can only ruin the side paint or wets the basement then you need to know more. If the gutters are not clean or have build-up of autumn leaves causing the clogging then the overflow can go upward which can wick water into the layers of roof and thus make it weak and leaky. Hence it is necessary that you clean the gutters on a regular basis during fall and spring so as to ensure there is no clogging which can rot the roof.
- Prevention against moss and mold: There is a difference between algae and moss. While algae is something which doesn’t damage the roof, moss traps water and thus weakens your roof. Algae can be washed away with chlorine bleach but moss requires strong agents like zinc sulphate. If you keep on cleaning your roof regularly then you may stop the moss from building up but if they have already made their den then you might have to kill moss first. Also, if the moss is quite prevalent in your area then you can install zinc strips on the roof to stop them from coming back.
- Reflective Roof Coating: Just like any other coating, roof coating also help in creating a barrier between the uppermost layer of the roof and the damaging elements. Reflective coating helps in increasing UV and waterproof protection on the roof and thus saves from leaks and wearing down of membranes. Also, it keeps the roof cool as it minimises the effect of summertime heat. It slows down the damage process thus adding years to the life of the roof.
- Trimming of overhanging branches: Large branches can scrape and abrade the roof shingles especially in stormy weather. Branches should be at a distance of 10 feet away from the roof so as to decrease the growth of the molds and keep the pests away which can gnaw the surface of the roof. Hence trimming of branches can prevent utmost damage.
- Inspections: Last but not the least, it is necessary that you consult an expert and carry out proper inspection of the roof at least twice a year. Inspection is the foundation of regular maintenance and this will help you in taking a note of all those precautions which should be undertaken by the roof. This would also help in detection of problems in timely fashion and thus protecting from last minute surprises.