NY roofs go through a lot as the seasons change. If you don’t take proper care of yours, it will rot away before you know it.
But don’t worry. We’re going to teach you the DIY steps you need to know to keep your roof in good repair.
Most of these tips are methods of preventing serious damage to your roof. But you’ll also learn what types of damage need repairing right away.
Some of these tips will require you to have a ladder tall enough to reach your roof. As long as you have that, though, you’re ready to get started. Keep your roof strong against harsh NY weather conditions with these tips.
1. Fix Leaks Right Away
If you notice water dripping in your home when it rains, you need to get it taken care of immediately. It’s a sign of advanced roof damage that will get worse very quickly.
When moisture gets into a crack or hole in the roofing material, it expands and contracts whenever the temperature changes. This stretches out the hole, letting in more moisture, which makes the leak even worse. If you procrastinate getting it repaired, you’ll soon have to replace the whole roof.
2. Choose a Trustworthy Roofing Company
Also, when you do need repairs, don’t just hire the cheapest roofing contractor you can find. Make sure you choose a NY roof repair company that you can trust.
Get referrals from your neighbors and check online reviews. Also, check official business rating sites like the Better Business Bureau.
3. Get a Yearly Inspection
Furthermore, you shouldn’t wait until you need repairs, anyway. It’s essential, not optional, that you get a yearly inspection by a roofing professional.
This way, you’ll discover cracks and other minor damage before they turn into full-blown leaks.
Oh, and it’s extremely important that New Yorkers get this inspection done before winter. Roofing contractors can’t easily inspect your roof once it’s covered in snow.
4. Trim Overhanging Branches
Are there branches from nearby trees hanging over your roof? These pose a significant threat to your roof, for multiple reasons.
The first is that they will break off of the trees if a powerful storm with high winds comes along. Then, they crash down upon your roof, causing major damage if they’re heavy enough.
Secondly, overhanging trees are constantly shedding small twigs, leaves, bark, and other debris upon your roof. These also get quite heavy as they continue to pile up.
Besides that, these piles hold moisture against your roof continuously. Eventually, all this moisture and constant pressure will deteriorate the roofing material, especially wooden roofing.
Rather than worrying about this later, don’t let it happen in the first place. Always trim the branches of nearby trees so that they don’t hang over your roof.
5. Get a Ladder and Look For Damage
Now, set up your ladder and take a good look at your roof for signs of damage. For instance, look for any holes caused by hail, heavy branches, or pests.
Check also for missing, cracked, damaged, or deteriorated roofing shingles. If you see any of these things, have a professional come and inspect your roof.
Please note, though, it’s dangerous to walk around on your roof. So, don’t. You should be able to get a good enough view by simply looking from your ladder at several points along the perimeter.
6. Clear Away Leaves and Debris
For reasons we just mentioned, you don’t want to leave piles of leaves and other debris on your roof. So, while you’re up there inspecting, carefully rake these piles off with a plastic rake. (Note: a metal rake may strip off or damage roofing shingles.)
7. Gutter Maintenance
Raking off the debris will probably fill up your gutters with gunk. But that’s okay because you need to clean out your gutters while you’re up there, anyway.
You see, when gutters become clogged, they can spill/pool rain runoff upon the roof and siding of your house. This will eventually cause major water damage.
So, with a gloved hand or a scoop, clear out all the gunk. First, though, you’ll probably want to lay tarps out around the perimeter of your house for easy cleanup.
Furthermore, ice can also clog your gutters in winter. Clear this out with warm water.
8. Look For Roofing Debris
Another thing to check for in your gutters is debris from roofing/chimney material and chimney flashing. If there’s an excess of such debris, you probably have a very deteriorated roof. Call for a professional inspection if you see this.
9. Call in Anything Unusual
If you see anything else about your roof that just doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. For example, it could be a poorly done patching job from an inexperienced contractor.
In any case, it’s best not to take chances. Jot down notes of anything strange about your roof and call a roofing contractor to come and take a look.
10. Check Your Attic
Lastly, you should check the roof from the inside as well. Look in your attic for signs of roof leaks/sun shining through holes in your roof.
You might also see moisture collected in your insulation or pooled on the floor. If you see these signs, you should bring in a NY roof repair expert before the damage becomes severe.
Take Care of Your NY Roofs With These Tips
Your NY roofs need your help to stay in good repair. So, keep this guide handy and follow these helpful DIY tips.
If you need roof maintenance or roof repair work you can rely on in Warsaw, NY, call Wolcott Roofing at 585-690-6909. Or, contact us here.