Now that you've paid to have your roof replaced, you're going to want it to last as long as possible. Routine maintenance is the best way to avoid costly repairs in the future. If you've never cared for a roof before, you may not know where to start.

The first thing you need to know is that roof care should be a part of your homes annual maintenance routine. You'll also need to know what your roofs maintenance needs are. Here are some step-by-step instructions that will keep your roof in tip-top shape.

Clear the Debris

If you have trees in your yard, you're probably going to have to deal with debris on your roof, including leaves or pine needles. If you live in a particularly windy region of the country, you'll probably also have dirt and sand on your roof.

That debris can damage your roof. Leaves and pine needles can create the perfect environment for mold growth. Dirt and sand can get underneath the shingles and loosen the roofing cement.

Whenever you see a build-up of debris on your shingles, you should climb on your roof and sweep it away. Heavy-duty push brooms work well at removing debris from your roof. Be sure to wear slip-resistant shoes whenever you get up on your roof.

Remove Mold Growth

If you found mold growth while removing the debris, you'll need to act fast to clean your roof. Mold can grow through to your attic and damage the interior of your home.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Slip-resistant shoes

  • Ladder

  • Garden sprayer

  • Water

  • Chlorine bleach

  • Garden hose with high-pressure nozzle

  • Stiff-bristled push broom

Directions

  1. Fill your garden sprayer with water and add 2 cups of chlorine bleach.

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

  3. Beginning at the lower edge of your roof, spray a thin layer of cleaning solution on the shingles.

  4. Continue spraying across and up to the top of your roof.

  5. Don't begin at the top or you'll create a slippery hazard for yourself.

  6. Standing at the top of your roof, use your garden hose to rinse the surface of your roof.

  7. Repeat this process once a year to keep your roof clean and free of mold.

Replace Damaged or Missing Shingles

You should do a visual inspection of your roof at least once a month. This is particularly important if you live in an area that experiences frequent winds.

Walk around the perimeter of your home and look up at your roof. If you see any missing or damaged shingles, you should replace them as soon as possible. Here's a quick way to replace shingles.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Ladder

  • Shingles

  • Metal flat-edged scraper

  • Whisk broom

  • Roofing cement

  • Small paint brush

  • Roofing nails

  • Hammer

Directions

  1. Use your ladder to get up on your roof.

  2. Take your scraper and use it to remove the damaged shingle.

  3. Scrape away any dried roofing cement.

  4. Use your whisk broom to thoroughly clean the area before installing the new shingle.

  5. Lift up the edges of the surrounding shingles.

  6. Use your paint brush to apply a thin layer of roofing cement.

  7. Place your new shingle on the roof and press firmly to secure the cement.

  8. Carefully replace the edges of the surrounding shingles.

  9. Use your hammer to place several roofing nails along the edge of the new shingle.

To help your new roof last as long as possible, you'll need to provide it with proper maintenance. Follow the steps listed above to keep your roof in good condition.

To learn more, contact a company like Affordable Roofing & Gutters

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