1. Hire a Reputable Roof Cleaner
Although there some amateurs pretending to be professionals, it is actually fairly simple to weed out roof cleaning companies that don’t suit your needs. By asking questions and trusting your gut when something doesn’t feel right, you can avoid a bad situation that leaves you worse off than when you started. The most important factor when choosing a reputable roof cleaning company is by far their reputation in your area. How long they have been in business can also be the biggest indicator of their success. It’s not worth taking the risk on a new company from out of town, no matter how good the deal may appear on paper.
2. Search for Damage
Different styles of roofs require different inspection methods. No matter your style of roof, begin your inspection by examining its exterior. You can get an idea of your roof’s condition with both feet on the ground by looking for obvious damage with the naked eye or a pair of binoculars. It is highly recommended that you do not get on your roof unless you are experienced in roof repair. After a storm, check for any debris that was blown on top of your roof. Debris could have damaged your roof when it hit, or could create additional damage if it’s not removed right away. If there’s obvious damage, such as a hole formed by flying debris or a fallen tree, call a professional as soon as possible.
3. Check Flashing
Roof flashing is the metal pieces that surround your chimney, skylight, and vents. These areas can be the most vulnerable areas of your home because they can cause big issues if not sealed properly. Bad roof flashing can allow water intrusion into the home which creates excess moisture in the attic. This can result in mold, ruined drywall, ruined insulation or ruined wood. Look for cracks, warped metal and rust. The flashing should be snug against the shingles so if there appears to be a gap or if it is lifting off the roof, there is a chance water could be seeping in.
4. Clean the Gutters
Gutters allow rainwater to keep from collecting on the roof, along the side of the house and at the home’s foundation. They’re designed to direct the water away, but when they’re clogged by leaves and other debris, the water can’t run through them. This leads to three problems that are costly and can be dangerous for the home’s occupants: Rot, foundation issues, and pests.