Roof and Gutters
Roof and Gutters
CARE AND MAINTENANCE
How to care for your roof:
- Inspect your roof at least twice a year
- Sweep off any excess debris like sticks and leaves
- Trim any branches that are hanging over the roof
- Check for missing, damaged or curled shingles or roof tiles and replace or repair as needed
- Seal any cracked mortar or caulking around joints and chimney
- Check for signs of moss
- Look for any leaks or dark spots on the ceiling or in your attic
Why does my roof need maintenance?
- It extends the lifespan of your roof. A good roof can last anywhere for 15 to 20 years if cared for properly
- It minimizes the need for major repairs like leaks or roof damage
- It can protect the warranty of your roof: a lot of warranties regarding roofing are only valid if you have recieved regular maintenance
- Peace of mind! Your can sleep soundly knowing your roof is protecting you and your family
Facts about Moss
- Moss can grow underneath the bottom of shingles pushing them up and breaking the seal making them prone to wind and water damage
- Moss can allow water to collect around vents, skylights and chimneys which will eventually cause leaks
- Moss will eventually start to rot your entire roof
- The best way to fight moss is through regular maintenance. Stop the moss before it develops into a major issue
- For more severe issues you can look into galvanized flashing or zinc strips which help to deter moss
- If your roof is already heavily colonized with moss, evaluate the roofing to see if the material can withstand moss control measures or if it is already in need or replacement. You may need to have an independent roofing expert make the evaluation
- Pressure washing to remove moss can damage roofing and should be avoided
What are gutters?
Gutters are small troughs put around the edge of roofs in order to collect rain water. These troughs then dispose the gathered rain water to a downspout where it is eventually deposited into a drain or rock-pit.
Gutters are generally made of aluminum, installed just underneath the edges of your roof to allow the water to easily collect as it runs off your roof.
Why do gutters become clogged?
- Fallen Leaves
- Small Animals (after they reach the end of their life)
- Organic Matter
Why do gutters need cleaning?
- Working gutters prevent against roof and structural damage
- Working gutters prevent dampness, moisture and water damage
- Working gutters prevent against pest infestation
GUTTERS SHOULD BE CLEANED AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR, TWICE IF THERE ARE A LOT OF TREES NEAR YOUR HOME
If you notice your gutters are overflowing, or you spot debris, it might be time to schedule a cleaning
Working on your roof or your gutters is potentially dangerous.
Be very careful using ladders and going up on your roof. Always have a spotter (to hold the ladder). Always use a safety harness when working on your roof or hire a contractor if you need help maintaining your roof or gutters.