A roof protects the entire structure of your home and it is the first defense against the weather, so it is important for you to check your roof often for any debris, and damage. If you neglect the cleaning off of your home's roof, debris will build up and cause problems and damage to your roof. Check your roof a couple of times a year for these two types of roof damage problems so you can take care of any maintenance needed to prevent them.
A roof that is full of leaves, branches, pine needles, and other dry clutter, can be a fire waiting to happen. Any spark or glowing ash from a neighbor's fire pit or torch can ignite the roof of your home and there won't be much you can do to stop it.
If your home's roof has different levels, dormers, or gables, organic debris can get blown onto your roof and collect in these areas on your roof. As your roof's rain gutters fill with organic material, the pile of debris will continue to build up, covering large sections of your roof. When the debris bakes in the sun, it becomes dry and void of any moisture, making it a great material to get a fire going quickly.
You don't need to live near a forest or wilderness for your home to be at risk of catching on fire from a stray spark. Roof fires can start in any neighborhood, spreading the fire from rooftop to rooftop until several homes are burning. Just because you live in suburbia, does not mean that fire damage should not be a concern for the safety of your home.
- Solution: Keep your roof and rain gutters clean of debris by sweeping, blowing , or spraying the buildup of materials off your roof at least twice a year. Trim back tree branches that hang low onto your roof because they can leave a lot of debris behind.
As your roof collects leaves, needles, and branches, these materials can absorb moisture, keeping your roof wet for a long time.
A build-up of these wet organic materials can also allow moss and mold to grow on your roof. These growths are not good on your roof and they will cause the roofing materials to break down and rot. This leads to water getting underneath the roofing materials, into your roof, and into your home as a damaging water leak.
An excess of debris on your roof will also cause water to not drain from your home correctly. This can cause water to run off on the side of your home, getting into your home's foundation and basement. You may be surprised how well-placed down spouts can prevent water from finding its way into your home through the basement or foundation slab.
- Solution: Install gutter guards to keep debris from filling up and clogging the gutters. Also, check and remove any materials that may be preventing water from flowing out of the downspouts. You can run a hose onto your roof, then let water from the hose flow into your gutters and out the downspouts to make sure rainwater can exit your roof properly.
If you notice any moss growing on your shingles, you can install some zinc strips along the ridge of your roof. As water runs down your roof, zinc runs in with the water, keeping moss and mold from growing on your roof.
By following these tips to check for two common problems with a dirty roof, you can go to sites and follow up with preventative maintenance so your roof can last for many years.