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Is Roof Maintenance Greek to You? 3 Easy Steps to a Well Maintained Roof

by Dawn Henry

If you just bought your first home, and you don't know how to take care of your roof, you're not alone. Many new home owners don't have a clue about proper roof maintenance. Unfortunately, not taking care of your roof can lead to costly repairs later on.  Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with some steps that will help your roof last longer. Here are some quick tips for maintaining your roof.

Do a Visual Inspection

The easiest way to keep track of your roof is to do a visual inspection.  There are two very important parts to this process.

Look Up

Each time you walk up to your house, take a look at your roof. Look for missing shingles or areas that are starting to curl at the edges. Taking the time to look up will help you catch minor issues before they turn into big problems.

Look Down

When shingles get blown off your roof, they usually end up somewhere in your yard. If you've recently had an episode of high winds or heavy rainfall, walk around your yard and look for shingles. Also, look at your sidewalks and driveway for signs of asphalt granules. Missing shingles will need to be replaced. Granules on the ground are a sign that your roof may be wearing out.

Repair the Damage

It's a good idea to keep a supply of spare shingles on hand. That will allow you to repair or replace shingles as soon as you find them. For best results, you should replace shingles on warm days so that the shingles will bend more easily.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Slip resistant shoes

  • Spare shingles

  • Roofing hammer

  • Roofing nails

  • Roofing cement

  • Ladder

  • Paint brush

Directions

  1. Put your slip resistant shoes on and use your ladder to climb up to the roof.

  2. Remove the damaged shingles and use your hammer to remove damaged nails.

  3. Lift up the edges of the surrounding shingles.

  4. Use your paint brush to apply a thin layer to the exposed roof.

  5. Place your new shingle down and press firmly to ensure that it has adhered to the roof.

  6. Apply a thin layer of roofing cement to the outer edges of the new shingle.

  7. Press the surrounding shingles back into place and press firmly along the edges.

  8. Use your hammer to place several roofing nails in the upper edge of the new shingle.

  9. Repeat the process to replace all your missing or damaged shingles.

Clean It Up

Asphalt shingles last longer when they're kept clean. Dirt, leaves and mold buildup on your roof can lead to premature aging. Your roof should be cleaned at least once a year. Here are some step-by-step cleaning instructions.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Slip resistant shoes

  • Garden sprayer

  • Household bleach

  • Dish soap

  • Garden hose

  • Ladder

  • Push broom

Directions

  1. Put on your slip resistant shoes
  2. Fill your garden sprayer with water and add 2 cups of bleach.

  3. Use your ladder to climb up on the roof with your sprayer and hose.

  4. Beginning at the lowest edge and working your way across the roof, spray your shingles with the bleach solution.

  5. Use your broom to scrub the shingles and leave the solution to sit for about 15 minutes.

  6. Rinse the roof using your garden hose.

You don't have to worry just because you don't know how to care for your new roof. These simple steps will help you keep your roof in good condition. With proper care, your roof will last for many years.

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