If you're a first-time homeowner, you might think your roof is something you don't have to think about unless it's damaged by a storm or wears out due to age and needs to be replaced. However, your roof needs regular maintenance just like the rest of your house. Here are some roofing services your roof might need over the years to prolong its life and prevent leaks.
An Inspection After A Storm
You may want your roof to be inspected after your area has a bad storm with high winds and hail that caused widespread damage. The best way to inspect a roof is to walk on it and get a close look. Even then, you have to know what to look for. Hail damage might be difficult to see, and a roofer may need to rely on the way the shingles feel to determine the extent of damage. An inspection after a storm helps you file an insurance claim within the required time frame because if you wait until the damage causes a roof leak, it might be too late to get your insurance company to replace the roof.
Repair Of Worn Out Shingles
Roof repairs should always be done as quickly as possible so you can keep water out of the attic and so the deck under the shingles won't rot. Many things damage shingles over the life of your roof. Wind, UV exposure, tree branches scraping the roof, and even animals like raccoons and rats can cause roof damage that needs repairs. You can examine your roof from the ground to look for signs of problems such as curled or missing shingles, but it is also a good idea to check the roof from the top of your house and from inside your attic too. If you don't catch problems early, then your roof may start leaking and then you may see water stains on your ceiling as a sign you need to call a roofer for repairs.
Cleaning Algae Off The Shingles
If your roof doesn't get enough sun exposure, then algae can become a problem. Algae isn't necessarily harmful, but it makes black streaks on your roof that make the roof ugly. Moss might grow on your roof too, and moss holds moisture against the roof and can be harmful, so it needs to be removed to protect your roof. With the case of algae, you may want your roof cleaned to improve the appearance of the shingles. After cleaning, the roofer might add a treatment that slows or prevents algae or the algae may grow back.