You might not spend much time thinking about the condition of the roof that sits atop your home, but the last thing you want to do is overlook it to the point at which you're handed a major repair bill. Maintaining your roof is integral to taking care of your home; if the room isn't able to form a barrier against the elements, your attic and eventually even the upper floor of your home can suffer water damage that is expensive and time-consuming to clean up. By performing these three maintenance jobs, you'll not only reduce the chance of problems with your roof, but you'll also be able to keep an eye on it to catch any potential problems early on.
Keep Your Gutters Empty
When your gutters fill with leaves and other debris, they put the health of your roof at risk. When water can't properly flow through the gutters, the water level can rise and begin to seep under the bottom edge of your roof. Once this section of the roof gets wet, the wood sheathing can begin to absorb moisture and rot, which can eventually lead to moisture in your attic. The number of times per year that you clean your gutters depends heavily upon how many trees you have around your home, but twice a year is generally suitable. You can tell if you need to perform the task sooner if rainwater isn't pouring heavily out of your downspouts during a storm.
Avoid Moss Growth
If a large section of your roof spends much of the day in the shadow of an overhanging tree, it can develop moss. Eventually, the growth of moss can keep the shingles wet and, due to a lack of sunlight hitting the area, it's common for the high moisture content to lead to rot. Take a look around your yard to determine how much of your roof is constantly in the shade and then safely use a ladder -- or hire a contractor like one from Freedom Roofing -- to inspect the roof for moss and scrub any mossy areas clean with a brush.
Keep Branches At Bay
Branches that make contact with your roof are an issue because their force can actually lift individual shingles. Once the shingles are lifted, rainwater can begin to rot the sheathing and, pretty soon, you'll have moisture in your attic. Hire a tree service to trim back any branches that reach too closely to your roof or tackle the job yourself with a ladder, saw and the right safety gear.