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  • Writer's pictureJuliet Sidney

Essential Roof Maintenance Tips: How to Properly Look After Your New Roof

If you are thinking about or have recently invested in a new roof, here at Tonbridge Defender we appreciate what a significant investment this is.

Proper maintenance is essential for preserving the longevity and condition of your roof. Here are some tips to help you look after your new roof:

• Regular Inspections: Perform visual inspections of your roof at least twice a year, in the spring and autumn. Check for any signs of damage, such as loose or missing shingles, cracks, or areas of wear. Address any issues promptly.

• Clean Gutters: Keep your gutters clean and free from debris to ensure proper water drainage. Clogged gutters can lead to water backup, which can damage your roof.

• Trim Overhanging Branches: If you have trees near your roof, make sure to trim any overhanging branches. Falling branches or rubbing limbs can cause damage to the shingles and other roofing materials.

• Remove Debris: Clear away any leaves, twigs, or other debris that may accumulate on your roof. Debris can trap moisture and lead to mold or rot.

• Address Moss and Algae: If you notice the growth of moss or algae on your roof, take appropriate measures to remove it. These organisms can retain moisture and damage the shingles. Use specialised cleaning solutions or hire professionals for safe and effective removal.

• Prevent Ice Dams: Our winters are increasing unpredictable with ice and cold weather damage having an impact. Ice dams form on the roof's edges, preventing proper drainage. Ensure your attic is adequately insulated and ventilated to prevent ice dams from forming.

• Avoid Pressure Washing: While it may be tempting to use a pressure washer to clean your roof, it's best to avoid this method. High-pressure water can dislodge shingles, granules, or flashing, causing damage. Instead, use a soft-bristle brush or low-pressure cleaning solution if necessary.

• Professional Inspections: Schedule professional roof inspections every few years or after severe weather events. Roofing experts can identify potential problems early and provide necessary repairs or maintenance. You can book an inspection with us anytime.

• Maintain Attic Ventilation: Proper attic ventilation is crucial for maintaining the health of your roof. It helps regulate temperature and moisture, preventing issues such as mold growth and premature shingle deterioration.

• Attend to Repairs Promptly: If you notice any damage or signs of a roof leak, address it promptly. Small problems can escalate into more significant issues if left unattended.

• Remember, if you have any concerns about your roof, it's always best to consult with a professional roofer or contractor for expert advice and assistance.

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