When to Schedule Maintenance on Your Roof


Picture of residential roof in springSo how often should you schedule maintenance for your roof? That depends on several factors, including your roof’s age, the area where you live, and whether or not it gets any foot traffic.

As a general rule, you should have your roof inspected and maintained once every year, but if you see any broken shingles or other roofing components on the ground near your home, or if there’s a leak in your ceiling, you should call a roofing professional immediately.

Trying to decide when you should schedule roof maintenance? Here are some important things to consider:

After Bad Weather  

No matter where you live, bad weather is inevitable. Whether it’s an intense thunderstorm system, a hurricane, hailstorm, snow or strong winds, weather systems can damage your roof. That’s why we recommend scheduling maintenance for your roof after particularly bad weather so a roofing professional can check for any leaks or areas that need to be repaired.

For Older Roofs

We recommend scheduling maintenance once a year of your roof. However, this is particularly important if your roof is five years or older. And if your roof is older than ten years, it’s critical to have maintenance performed by a roofing professional every year - no matter what material it’s made from.

Over the years, wear and tear can occur on your roof, including loose or broken shingles, warped areas from exposure to sun and cold, and even cracks in the roof’s foundation. All of these issues need immediate attention and can be identified during a yearly inspection.

If There’s Activity on the Roof

If your roof gets foot traffic from a deck or balcony area, you’ll definitely want to have it inspected and maintained yearly. Anything that applies pressure to your roof – whether it’s from people standing on it or from HVAC systems that are mounted on the roof and accessed regularly – can cause damage. To keep it safe – and for peace of mind – it’s best inspect and maintain it on a regular basis.

If You Live Near Trees or Woods

If you live in a wooded area or if there are trees with branches that hang over your roof, it’s very important to have it inspected by a roofing professional every year to make sure branches or tree debris hasn’t done any damage. A roofer can make recommendations that you can take to an arborist if you need tree branches trimmed back or cut.

Putting off regular roof maintenance can lead to costly repairs. Don’t wait to have your roof checked by a roofing professional. Instead, contact the team at CertainTeed professional who can inspect your roof and make sure it will be safe and sound for years to come. 

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