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Tips on Protecting Your Roof

There are many dangers to the integrity of your roof. Among those are algae, moss, lichens, trees, clogged gutters, wind and precipitation. The best defense for your roof is frequent inspection.

Your roof should be inspected often. Be sure to inspect it after any major storm. If you catch the damage early, you may be able to avoid costly repairs and water damage. When inspecting your roof, look for loose or missing shingles, nails protruding and discoloration. Also note the ground around your home. Pieces may have washed off. Check your gutters for pieces of shingles or small granules. Be sure that the gutters are not clogged. If possible, inspect from the inside of your home also. Look for spots of light coming through and dampness.

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If you notice a discoloring of your roof, you need to take action. Moss and lichens can cause green splotches on your roof. They loosen the granules on you shingles. This greatly reduces your roof’s ability to protect your home. The moss and lichen keep your roof damp. This encourages more unwanted growth. They will get between the shingles and grow. This causes loosening of the shingles that can let water in. If you notice discoloring on your roof, you can have it professionally cleaned. It is not advisable to try this yourself as the wrong product can cause more harm than

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Another thing to be watchful of is tree branches hanging over your roof. Trees near your roof can be extremely harmful. Falling limbs can wreck havoc on your roof. Overhanging branches can promote unwanted growth. The shade from the tree branches will keep the roof damp longer in the day. Debris from the tree will hold moisture also. All of this encourages algae, moss and lichen to grow. Tree debris will also clog your gutters. Gutters clogged with leaves or pine needles can cause water to sit against the edge of your roof instead of flushing away from your home.

Frequent inspections and preventive maintenance can go a long ways toward extending the life of your roof. Have it professionally cleaned if you see any discoloration. Have nearby trees trimmed and be sure to keep the gutters clear. Contact Alan Bradley Roofing for more information.

Tucson Roof Maintenance & Upkeep

In Tucson the weather can be stagnantly bitter, both hot and cold, or wildly unforgiving (monsoons, high winds, floods, etc.) and in both cases your home is always at risk to damage.

Being that your roof is the part of your home most susceptible to weather elements it’s important to maintain a certain level of upkeep on your roofing system.

 

A Few Roof Maintenance Tips

There are a few things you can do as a homeowner to protect the longevity of the investment that is your roof. Some of those things are:

Check Roof Edges

The corners of your roof are the most prone to weather wear and damage. Be sure to check them out and ensure the sealing in that area is suitable and intact. If anything looks off it should be fixed immediately.

tucson-roof-drainCheck Drains & Look for Leaks

Always keep your roof drainage system clear of any debris and make sure it is secured properly to your roof. Also do a check for any cracks or leaks on the roof, and if there are any do a self repair or call for roof repair immediately.

 

Check Your Rooftop

Aside from doing a search for cracks and leaks be sure to do an inspection of all sealants and rooftop equiptment. If anything needs to be resealed or refastened, then making the fix sooner reduces the chance of unexpected weather damage to your roof.

 

Check Around Your Roof

It may not seem obvious, but doing a perimeter check around your home and roof can save you from costly accidents like falling tree limbs or uplifted debris damaging your roof.

Maintain the trees around your roof by cutting any dead branches and also be on the lookout for loose objects and clutter (building materials, wood, home objects, etc.) that could be thrown around in a storm. This helps reduce the chance of damage to not only your roof, but your home in general.

 

By practicing these tips regularly you’ll typically prevent or catch any roof repairs that need to be made before the problem ever gets too serious!

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