As the weather gets warmer and we spend more time outdoors, it’s time to evaluate the weathering that your home has endured during the cold months. Your roof is a big part of first impressions and can be essential to boost your curbside appeal.
If you have an old roof that may be dragging down the appearance of your home, this is the perfect time to do something about it. Here are four simple ways to keep your roof looking brand new!
- Clean Off Moss and Debris
Moss starts from tiny seeds, called spores, that become airborne through wind, rodents, and birds, making their way onto your roof. These seeds then get stuck in tiny spaces between your shingles and accumulate the moisture they need to grow. Debris consists of tree branches, leaves, and other loose natural materials.
Spraying your roof with a water/bleach mixture and using a bristle brush to remove the excess can be a temporary solution. Be careful not to brush too hard, as you don’t want to cause damage to the roofing granules on your asphalt shingles. You can also find moss remover at most home improvement stores as well. You have a roof that deserves to be seen! Carefully sweep leaves and other debris off of your roof. Consider a professional roof cleaning if there’s a lot of dust and dirt. Remember that climbing on your roof can damage vulnerable shingles unless you know what you’re doing.
- Keep Your Gutters Clean
Keeping your gutter system clean is a great way to keep your roof looking new!
When the rain comes, the rainwater flows off the shingles, off the drip edge, and into your gutters. Your gutters then take the water away from your home. Cleaning your gutters can decrease the chance of leaks while essentially giving your roof a facelift! Full gutters allow water to build, which causes the water to seep underneath the shingles and onto the underlayment on your roof. When gutters and downspouts aren’t cleaned properly, the water may not drain, causing an overflow that could damage the interior and exterior of your home.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
Proper ventilation helps to prevent condensation. Your home produces a large amount of moisture when you shower, cook, do laundry, and other typical home tasks. This moisture travels up into your ceiling or attic, and condensation will occur if the underneath of your roof is cooler than the warm air that meets it. Having your home properly ventilated allows the warm air to escape. If it isn't, condensation will allow for mold growth to occur. No ventilation can lead to damage to the decking, underlayment, and framing of your home. Prevent these hassles and ensure that your roof looks excellent with proper ventilation!
Caulk the Flashings
Flashing is a flat and thin material used to prevent water from entering the openings and cracks of a roof. It is placed underneath your roof's shingles, and it diverts the water to another location. Flashing can rust, crack, lift, or separate, leaving areas of your roof unprotected. Consider sealing the flashing with caulk where it has become unstuck. This prevents severe and pricey damages from occurring while ensuring that your roof looks good as new.
How We Can Help You
At XL Contracting, roofing is second nature. We are a family-run, locally based business company that makes one promise to our customers: quality craftsmanship at a fair price. To book a FREE roof inspection with us today, visit our website through this link!
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