Do you know exactly how to best protect and preserve your roof? If you’re like most people, the answer is no, not really. Sure, you know that if you spot major signs of damage, it’s best to call a roof repair company, but other than that, you’re pretty much in the dark. That’s okay! We’re happy to help give you expert advice about how to properly maintain your roof so it lasts for as long as possible. A reroof or replacement costs thousands of dollars and can cause a major interruption to your daily life, so it’s best to prevent these major roof projects from becoming necessary by following these excellent tips from Guardian Roofs.
Keep those gutters clean
Twice a year, it’s important to remove any leaves or other debris that may have accumulated in your gutters When stuff piles in the gutters, water can wick into roof sheathing, where it rots, and even the roof rafters can become seriously damaged. Fixing this kind of damage can cost thousands of dollars, so it’s important to avoid this by making sure you remove debris from your gutters at least twice a year. Set a reminder on your phone, put a sticky note on your fridge – whatever you have to do to make sure you clean out those gutters regularly.
Remove debris from the roof itself, too
If your roof has valleys or a chimney, leaves and other debris can become caught in it. Eventually, they will trap moisture and begin to decompose, which will damage your roof and perhaps even create an ideal spot for weeds to grow. If you feel at all uncomfortable about removing the leaves or other debris from your roof, don’t hesitate to call Guardian Roofs at (714) 633-3619 for fast, effective roof services anywhere in Southern California.
Deal with overhanging branches promptly
When you bought your home, you may have thought the trees that surround it were rather sweet and quaint, but allowing the tree branches to grow over your roof can end up being costly. Abrasive from limbs and leaves can damage shingles, especially if you live in an area with high winds. Plus branches can give squirrels and other rodents an easy way to climb onto your roof, where they’ll enjoy snacking on your roof shingles and siding. Branches should be 10 feet away from your roof to keep animals away. We recommend hiring a professional to trim the tree branches so you won’t have to put yourself at risk by standing on the roof.
Inspect your roof regularly
After a storm, or after some high winds, it’s important to inspect your roof to make sure it’s still in good condition. Check for curling, loose, or missing shingles, damaged flashing, or any other problem. There’s no need to climb up on your roof – simply schedule a full roof inspection with the experts at Guardian Roofs by calling (714) 633-3619. If we find any problem areas, we’ll be happy to provide you with a comprehensive estimate for all repair costs.
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