Your roof is regularly exposed to weather and elements such as wind, rain, snow, hail and heat that can negatively affect its function. It is easy to forget about roof maintenance until there is a problem that catches your attention. However, routine maintenance can help you prevent damage, avoid costly repairs, and increase the roof’s lifespan.
When to Replace Your Roof
Even if you maintain your roof well, eventually it will need replacing.
Here are some signs that indicate it’s time to replace your roof.
● Visibly sagging roof
● Damaged/missing shingles on more than 25% of the roof
● Interior water stains
● High heating and/or cooling bills
● Your current asphalt roof is about 20 years old
If you live in southern Maine and think your roof needs replacing, contact The Roof Doctors for a roof inspection and a free quote.
5 Tips for Roof Maintenance
There are many preventative measures that homeowners can take to keep their roof in good condition. Some of these maintenance tasks are do-it-yourself for skilled homeowners, but for those who are unsure or would like professional help, call your local roofing company for roof maintenance assistance.
1. Complete a roof inspection twice a year. Look for missing or damaged shingles, inspect the seal around chimneys, vents, and flashing for leaks, and check for sagging or broken gutters. If you notice any issues or if you would rather leave the inspection to the experts, contact a trusted local roofing company to perform a thorough inspection.
2. Check for moss and algae and treat when needed. To prevent moss growth, remove leaves and debris from your roof regularly and trim any overhanging branches. To treat moss and algae, call a professional roofer to apply preventative products containing zinc and copper to keep moss and algae from growing back.
3. Clean and maintain gutters. Clear gutters of leaves and debris so water flows through properly. Clogged gutters can cause backups and rot the fascia and eventually lead to roof leaks.
4. Trim branches hanging over or near the roof. As well as contributing to gutter debris, overhanging and nearby tree limbs can cause serious damage to your roof. An intense storm with strong winds can break limbs and send them crashing into your roof. Trim branches that extend over the roof and dead branches that can easily fall during storms.
5. Properly insulate and ventilate your attic. Proper ventilation keeps heat and moisture from rotting the roofing structure and materials. You can achieve this with quality insulation. This will also help prevent ice dams from forming and causing roof damage.
Superior Roofing Services in Southern Maine
The Roof Doctors is a family-owned small business that has been proudly serving the Greater Portland area for over 25 years.
Our crews specialize in roof replacement and new roof installation. We take pride in our work and are dedicated to providing efficient and reliable roofing services at competitive prices. Check out our over 100 five-star reviews on Google.
If you need professional help with roof maintenance or roof replacement in southern Maine contact The Roof Doctors online or call/text (207) 772-2719 for unparalleled service.