General Tips to Maintain Your Roof for Increased Longevity

Whether you're a first-time homeowner or a seasoned pro, something that often gets overlooked is the maintenance of your roof. A well-maintained roof versus a hands-off approach could amount to a difference of ten years of lifespan. That’s why we urge homeowners to take direct involvement, where possible, in the ongoing maintenance of their roofs.

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Regularly Conduct Inspections

While the daily walkaround of your home may currently consist of inspecting the height of your hedges or the trim of your lawn, it is prudent to include periodic roof inspections. You can’t diagnose a problem without knowing about it first, so we need to pull back the curtain and see what’s going on.

You might want to start by identifying some vantage points that can allow you to get a good look at your roof. It’s a good idea to buy a drone with a camera so you can get a birds-eye view of your roof and inspect the finer details. You want to keep your eyes peeled for mold or mildew and damaged or missing shingles.  At this time,  you also want to locate compromised areas such as buckling sections, crumbling chimneys or damaged flashing. Beyond that, it’s recommended that you have your roof inspected by a professional annually, so they can spot anything you may have missed.

Maintain a Cleaning Schedule

You wouldn’t go months without a shower or shave, and your roof is no different – so let’s get you cleaned up. Now before you begin, you should consider that any process that makes you feel unsafe or uncomfortable should be avoided at all costs and only handled by a roofing professional. 

With that said, first you want to start by brushing any outstanding debris off of your shingles, flashing, vents, skylights, eavestroughs, and solar panels. Next, you should clean downspouts – use a trowel to scoop out leaves and debris from the gutter and allow the downspout to flush water. Finally, any nearby tree and plant growth that may have extended onto your roof should be trimmed accordingly.


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Get Your Roof Repaired

You may be able to manage cleaning your roof on your own (with the proper safety measures in place), but when it comes to repairing or replacing your roof, you need to consult a professional. In order to prevent extensive and expensive repairs, or even the premature wholesale replacement of your roof, it’s recommended to nip minor repairs in the bud. Any damage or disrepair you may have noticed in your inspections should be addressed through a roofing professional. Examples of the most common roof repairs beyond shingle replacement are installation of new flashing and repair of roof vents and chimneys.


Metal Roof Maintenance

Although the process of upkeep is generally the same, maintenance of metal roofs require different practices for the various types. Depending on the system type (architectural vs structural) or system design (metal roof shingles, flat seam panel, interlocking and standing seam), you need to take a separate approach for each in order to clean them correctly. Certain metal types may also be prone to oxidation, so it’s important you look for signs of rust.  

Cleaning a metal roof is generally straightforward and easy. Simply use a sponge or a microfiber cloth soaked in a solution of water and car washing soap, or mild dish soap. The general maintenance practices mentioned should also be carried out for metal roofs – brush off debris, clean downspouts and trim any outstanding plant growth. Due to the materials employed in the construction of metal roofs, mold and mildew are generally of no concern.


About Rapid Restore

Our mission at Rapid Restore is to provide a stress-free, refreshingly simple, world-class roof installation experience for our customers in Long Island, NY. We look forward to protecting you. With over 110+ 5 star reviews on Google, you can trust the expert roofing contractors at Rapid Restore to replace your roof on-time and within budget.

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Joseph Elshazly
Joseph Elshazly
Joseph Elshazly is the President and Chief Marketing Officer of Rapid Restoration Group. "Skills are cheap, passion is priceless" is the motto he lives by.

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