In a climate like Eugene, Oregon, it’s important to stay on top of what keeps your home dry in the winter and shaded in the summer. Performing regular maintenance on your roof can save you costly repairs in the future. Here are some roof maintenance tasks to complete this summer.
Get a professional moss removal
When moss grows on your roof it draws moisture up and begins to lift the shingles. This can cause leaks, clogged gutters and airborne spores that can spread all over your neighborhood. At the Oregon Chimney Guys, we’ll manually remove the moss and perform a light pressure wash to remove the algae. Once your roof is clear of moss, it’s important to get it sprayed every year to keep it from coming back.
Check for roof leaks
Instead of trying to detect exactly where a roof leak is, try looking for signs of damage. Check the attic for water stains and damage. Then inspect the roof for missing shingles. These are usually the first signs of a water leak. If you locate either, call a professional roofer! A neglected leak can damage your entire roof.
Grab a broom or leaf blower and carefully sweep off any excess branches or leaves on your roof. This will help prevent clogged gutters and algae growth. It also looks a whole lot nicer! If you have branches that are hanging over your roof, trim them back to prevent further debris and possible damage to your roof.
It might not be the most exciting home maintenance chore, but cleaning your gutters regularly can really go a long way. Over time, clogged gutters will start to overflow, and tear away from your house causing damage to your roof and even your home’s foundation. Depending on how many trees you have near your home, you should generally clean your gutters twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.
Get a chimney inspection
If your roof has a chimney, it’s important to get it inspected for cracked or loose mortar. If left neglected, it can cause some serious damage to your roof. Be sure to get a chimney sweep from a professional who can assess any damages. If a chimney repair is needed, make sure the person is registered as a home improvement contractor because some homeowners insurance may be voided if repairs are done by a non-approved company. At the Oregon Chimney Guys, we have all the proper licenses to perform a professional chimney sweep, inspection and repair. Contact us today!