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Tips on Roof Maintenance

Tips on Roof Maintenance By Shea Richardson
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

A roof leak can cause many expensive problems. Make sure that you have a roof inspection at least once a year. There are other things you can do yourself to maintain your roof and possibly save you lots of money in the future.

Your Outdoor Roof Inspection:
  • Remove all of the caulking and roofing cement that is coming apart and reapply as necessary.
  • Clean all the debris off the roof and inside the gutters using a water hose.
  • Trim back overgrown trees and other vegetation.
  • Check all metal areas, known as flashings, for warps and holes. In addition, look for rusting of the flashings and any other openings where water may enter.
  • Use roofing cement to secure loose asphalt shingles and look for cracked shingles as well.
  • Check the entire roof surface to see if there are any nails that have popped up through the roofing.

Your Indoor Roof Inspection:
  • Inspect ceiling and dry wall from the bottom of the baseboards all the way up. If you notice or feel any moisture or discoloring of paint, your roof could possibly have a leak.
  • Check all vents and clear them of obstructions.
  • Install more vents to prevent the formation of icicles.
  • Install more attic insulation to help prevent icing.

Do You Have a Roof Leak?

If you notice a water stain on your ceiling during a roof inspection, you probably have either a condensation problem or a roof leak. It's very important to differentiate between the two and identify which problem you have, before trying to repair it. If you have a condensation problem, you will find a stain of several smaller circles on a ceiling panel near an exterior wall. If you have a rain leak, you will be able to find a stain of rings that get progressively lighter as they move outward anywhere on your ceiling. After you identify the type of roof leak you have, then you can try to repair it yourself or call in a professional.

About the Author
An accomplished educator and writer, Shea Richardson has several years of teaching experience in the Georgia public school system. She holds a degree in Education from Georgia State University and specializes in topics spanning technology, education, and group dynamics.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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