Top 5 Roof Maintenance Tips

Ian Mutuli
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Ian Mutuli

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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The roof is one of the most important elements in any residential and commercial property because it provides insulation and ensures the safety of the people inside. The roof also serves as a protection against harsh weather conditions and burglaries.  

No single structure would be complete and useful without a roof, which is why you should exert time and effort to maintain its overall condition. Roof maintenance should be part of your to-do list regardless if you're a residential or commercial property owner because a good roof can make your property more comfortable, valuable, and safe. 

Here are the top five roof maintenance tips you can start following today: 

1.Get Professional Roof Inspection

Your roof is made up of different materials that give its shape and strength. And regardless of how you want to take care of your roof on your own, it's still best to ask for help from professionals once in a while. 

One of the easiest ways to take care of your roof is to get a professional roof inspection first. Residential and commercial roofing contractors have the necessary experience and equipment to assess the overall condition of your roof, identify the earliest signs of problems, and provide you valuable tips on how you can maintain your roof.  

If you haven't paid attention to the condition of your roof in the past, it's best if you start by getting a professional roof inspector first. With their help, you'll have a better idea of how you can better take care of your roof moving forward.  

2.Look For Leaks In Your Attics And Ceilings

Contrary to popular belief, you don't always have to climb to your roof to determine its conditions. Being keen on the condition of your attic and ceiling is usually enough to give you an idea of the condition of your roof. 

Another way to take care of your roof is to look for leaks in your attic or ceiling. These areas are the closest to your roof, and seeing water stains or smelling musty odors are usually warning signs that your roof is leaking. 


Spots on your exterior walls and bulging patches on your interior walls are also signs that your roof needs repair as soon as possible. 

3.Check Your Gutters

The condition of your gutters can impact the condition of your roof. Your gutters are important as these work by diverting water away from your property. However, when your gutters are clogged with debris, such as dried leaves, it won't be able to function properly and will only collect moisture that can adversely affect your roof. Clogged gutters can eventually become heavy and put pressure on your roof, as well.  

As part of your roof maintenance checklist, take the time to check your gutters and remove any debris that can prevent it from functioning properly. It's also important to replace your gutter the moment you notice that it's starting to sag or loosen.  

4.Trim Overhanging Branches

Trees can add value and beauty to your property but only when maintained properly. Letting the trees in your property grow in different directions can damage your roof, especially if your property is located in countries or state that is prone to heavy rains and strong winds.  

Trimming overhanging branches should be part of your roof maintenance checklist. Heavy branches can fall on your roof and cause irreparable damage. In worse cases, overhanging branches can even cause injuries, especially if it falls on your roof when people are underneath. 

Ideally, you should trim overhanging branches on your property regularly and before storms. Depending on the size of your trees, you can trim these on your own or hire professional tree services to do the job for you. 

5. Remove Any Kind Of Debris 

You regularly clean your property by removing debris that has piled up over time, so why not do the same to your roof? Your roof is exposed to many different things, and neglecting to clean it will eventually weaken its surface and cause damage. 

Another roof maintenance tip to follow is to make sure that its surface is free from any kind of debris. Dried leaves, for example, can eventually pile up and cause the structure of your roof to become weak. This happens because dried leaves can collect moisture and weaken the shingles of the roof.  

Additionally, you should also make sure that your roof doesn't have any algae, moss, or mold. The growth of these organisms can damage your roof because aside from collecting moisture, its roots can grow over time and cause the shingles to rise and lose its structure.  

Time Is Of The Essence  

For you to effectively take care of your roof, stay consistent with your efforts. Following a roof maintenance checklist will be useless if you're only doing it when you feel it's convenient.  

If you want your roof to remain appealing and functional for years, regularly check its condition and call professionals for repairs right away. The sooner you detect any roofing problems, the easier it'll be for roofers to repair and restore the condition of your roof.  

Ian Mutuli

About the author

Ian Mutuli

Founder and Managing Editor of Archute. He is also a graduate architect from The University of Nairobi, Kenya.
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