Protect Your Roof: 3 Easy Steps To Prevent Costly Damage
If it's been a while since you looked at your roof, you might want to do that right now. When it comes to home maintenance, the roof is often the most overlooked area of the home. Unfortunately, that can lead to a lot of costly problems that could have been avoided with proper maintenance. Here are three simple tips that will help protect your roof, and prevent costly damage.
Repair Your Rain Gutters
If your rain gutters are in disrepair, they could be a threat to your roof. This is particularly true if you experience freezing temperatures during the winter. Dirty gutters can get clogged, which can cause water to overflow onto your shingles. As the water freezes, it will expand under your shingles, causing serious damage. Not only that, but if your gutters are loose, the weight of the ice could cause them to pull away from your home, bringing your shingles with them. Before the cold weather arrives, make sure your gutters are clean, and securely fastened to your home. If your rain gutters are beyond repair, it's time to have them new gutters installed.
Maintain Your Rooftop Swamp Cooler
If you have a rooftop swamp cooler installed on your home, you owe it to your roof to keep it in good working condition. A malfunctioning swamp cooler can leak water, which will damage your shingles, and threaten the structural integrity of your roof, especially if the water leaks down beneath the shingles. To avoid this type of roof damage, you'll need to clean and service your swamp cooler at the start of each summer season. Replace the pads, check the inside for rust, and service the pump. Taking care of your swamp cooler will protect your roof, and prevent costly damage.
Don't Let Mold Take Hold
If you've spotted mold growing on your roof, don't leave it there. Mold is not only unsightly, it's also dangerous. First, it can eat away at your asphalt shingles. Second, it can spread into your home, where it can become a health hazard for you, and your family. To remove mold, you'll need a garden sprayer, a garden hose, chlorine bleach, and a push broom. Fill your garden sprayer with ordinary tap water, and add about 2 cups of chlorine bleach. Spray the moldy areas of your roof with the cleaning solution and allow it to soak in for about 15 minutes. Scrub the area with a push broom and then rinse it with your garden hose. To prevent slip and fall accidents, start at the lower edge of the roof, and work your way towards the top. That way, you won't have to walk in the water.