If you want your roof to reach its full potential and serve you well until the end of its lifespan, you need to take care of it. Your roof might seem tough (and it is), but it’s also subject to harsh Maryland weather conditions on a daily basis. Not sure how to get started with roof maintenance? Feel free to get in touch with ocur Westminster, Maryland roof maintenance pros at Platinum Exteriors. We will let you know which parts of roof maintenance you should focus on and when it’s time to call in a professional.
Roof inspection is the cornerstone of roof maintenance. You should have your roof professionally inspected every 1-3 years, depending on its age and your local weather conditions. In addition to professional inspections, inspect the roof visually from the ground every now and then, especially after major storms. If you see something out of the ordinary, call Platinum Exteriors and we’ll come out to investigate.
Gutters and downspouts are a part of your roof system. And although they don’t have direct impact on the condition of the roof itself, they play an important role in protecting your siding and basement from water damage. Clean gutters every fall after the trees shed their leaves to prevent blockages.
Trees with branches that hang over your roof present several issues. First of all, there is always a risk of a tree limb falling off and damaging your home. Second of all, these trees are likely to shed leaves, twigs and other debris directly onto the roof. And third of all, nuisance wildlife, such as raccoons and squirrels, may use overhanging branches to get on the roof and make a hole into your attic. Cut off limbs and/or cut down trees as necessary to prevent these problems.
If you have an unfinished attic that no one in your family frequents, it’s easy to forget about its existence. Meanwhile, the attic is typically where you would find the first signs of a leak before it makes it to your bedroom ceiling. Make it a habit to check your attic once a month or once a quarter to ensure no water damage remains unnoticed.
There are a few pest insects and animals that can cause serious damage to your attic and roof. Be on the lookout for termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, woodpeckers, raccoons and bats. If you have a contract with a pest control company, make sure they inspect the attic during their scheduled visit. Otherwise, take note of any unusual noises coming from the roof or the attic.
Attic Ventilation and Insulation
Your attic needs to have a perfect balance of ventilation and insulation. It should allow the humid air to escape while keeping the attic warm and preventing drafts. Insufficient ventilation can lead to mold issues and even warping of the roof. Moreover, an attic with inadequate insulation and ventilation may contribute to ice dam formation in winter. This is the type of Maryland roof maintenance you should trust to a roofing expert who is familiar with solving such issues.
The purpose of roof maintenance is to catch any problems early and conduct timely roof repairs. If we can detect and fix a small leak before it turns into a huge wet spot on your ceiling, that’s money saved on drywall replacement. If you want to be proactive about maintaining your roof in good health, get in touch with our Carroll County roofing contractors at Platinum Exteriors, located conveniently in Westminster, Maryland.
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