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Roof Maintenance is Important in the Fall

Replacing an entire roof can take a lot of time and money (costing around $20,000 to $40,000, depending on the size and type).  Homeowners can avoid costly problems with their roof and prolong its life with proper maintenance a couple of times per year.  Conducting maintenance on your roof can also be important for your homeowners insurance.  Insurance companies are more reluctant to honor a claim for roof damage if the roof was not well-maintained in the first place.

Here are a few roof maintenance steps to keep in mind:

  • ​Visually inspect your roof shingles, and look for any that are missing, damaged or curling. 
  • Look for signs of wear and tear, fungus or algae.  Note: Zinc or lead control strips can be useful if your roof is collecting moss or algae.
  • Check the metal parts of the roof for any rust.  Rust should be treated by brushing it off, then priming and painting the metal.
  • Check the flashing (particularly around joints and chimneys) to ensure it is solid (leaks will typically occur in these areas).  If not, you should remove the old caulk and scrub the area until its clean. Then, you can reseal it.
  • Check joints and the chimney for cracks in the mortar or caulking which would indicated it is deteriorating. Seal up any cracks or openings you find.

If you notice any problematic shingles during your inspections, and you are not comfortable conducting an inspection and maintenance on your roof, then we suggest you hire a local, licensed and experienced roofer to replace them for you.

Here are a few preventative measures you can take:

  • Look for any debris stuck on the roof.  Sticks, leaves and other loose debris can cause algae to grow and clog gutters.  Sweep or blow off any debris -- this is a particular issue in the Fall.
  • Trim any branches that hang over the roof. This will prevent damage, moss or algae from fallen branches or leaves.
  • Also, check your attic regularly for any signs of leaking, dark/wet spots, mold or dampness.  This is a clear sign of moisture building up under roofing shingles.
  • Clear off any heavy snow that can build up and sit on your roof for an extended period of time.  Note: If you live an area that experiences heavy snow, you may want to invest in a snow rake to remove thick layers of snow from the roof to avoid roof collapse.

Become a vipHomeLink member, and you can expect to receive reminders for roof maintenance directly in your dashboard!

New Shingles

Closeup of well-assembled Roof Shingles (from Owens Corning)

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Heavy snow can build up on your roof (particularly in the North) and cause moisture damage over time.

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Ridge roof shingles (from GAF)

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