Just like every aspect of homeownership, your roof requires routine upkeep and maintenance. Spending a few minutes each year can help you catch issues early and avoid major problems and repairs. Below is an annual roof maintenance checklist to improve your roof’s lifespan and efficiency.

Yearly Roof Maintenance Begins Indoors

Your home’s interior provides insight into the current condition of your roof. Carefully examine the inside of your house for signs of damage. Check for leaks, mold, water stains, and structural damage in the attic. Inspect the ceilings and walls for cracks and brown or yellow water stains. If you notice any of these problems, determine the source of the damage and make repairs immediately.

Clean the Gutters and Downspouts

Any yearly roof maintenance checklist would be incomplete without recommending that you clean the gutters. Even though it doesn’t seem like a big deal, cleaning the gutters is integral to maintaining your roof. Clogged gutters allow water to seep into your home, leading to damage, including rot and mold. Most roofing experts recommend cleaning gutters and downspouts twice a year, during the spring and fall.

Trim Overhanging Branches

Large trees around your property improve curb appeal and boost property value. However, trees also pose a significant threat to your roofing system. Overhanging branches can break and fall on your roof, causing damage. Falling leaves can also pile up on the shingles and absorb moisture, causing your roof to rot. Prevent these issues by trimming overhanging branches near the roof.

Inspect Your Shingles Regularly

Use a ladder to access the roof. If you are not a fan of heights, use a pair of binoculars to observe the shingles from the ground. Look for missing, curling, or cracked shingles. A roofing contractor should repair any signs of damage as soon as possible.

Patch the Chimney

When carrying out tasks on your roof maintenance checklist, inspect the chimney for damaged bricks, missing mortar, and cracks. Structural damage of any kind can cause bricks to crumble, which can damage your roof. Hire a chimney pro to patch the chimney. If you tackle this project, purchase suitable heat-resistant materials for the job. 

Hire a Professional for Your Annual Roof Maintenance

Walking the roof by yourself can be dangerous. You might damage the shingles or experience severe injuries if you fall. A roofing professional has specialized equipment and skills to handle the task efficiently. They can identify issues you might have missed during your inspection. A pro will also give you a rough estimate of your roof’s age, which can help you know whether it’s best to repair or replace it.

Perform a professional roofing inspection at least once yearly to improve your chances of spotting problems before they require costly repairs. Get the most out of your roof by practicing the proactive and preventive measures above.

First Impression Home Inspections offers inspection services in the Shenandoah Valley. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to request an appointment.