Because prevention is always the best cure for any roofing issue, our expert New Jersey roofers at Up and Above Contractors highly recommend routine roof maintenance that includes a roof inspection twice per year: once in the spring and once in the fall. When leaves start falling, it’s time to ensure your roof will last as long as possible by following these guidelines.
1. Inspect the roof for missing or cracked shingles or shakes. Missing shingles must be replaced, while cracked shingles can be replaced or patched with roofing cement. Dab some roofing cement under loose shingles to reattach them.
2. Check flashings around roof features such as chimneys and skylights, making sure they are not damaged or deteriorated. Nine out of 10 roof leaks can be traced to flashing problems!
3. Clean all debris out of gutters. Remove leaves and flush guttering with water to ensure downspouts are functioning properly. Also clear the roof surface of any debris to prevent waterlogging that speeds deterioration.
4. Trim overhanging tree branches back several feet from the roof. Branches blown by wind or weighed down by snow and ice can potentially damage your roof’s surface if they are within reach.
Experienced New Jersey roofers know that routine maintenance and simple repairs can keep a roof trouble-free and extend its service life considerably. For questions about fall roof maintenance, or to schedule a professional multi-point roof inspection, please call Up and Above Contractors at (973) 531-4225 or complete our online contact form.