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The roof isn’t like a beautifully landscaped garden or a well-decorated room that makes us proud. But our roofing Auckland protects us and our things from the weather every single day, so it’s important that we take the time to give it the care it needs. We can’t say this enough: if you take care of your roof and fix it when it needs it, it will last a long time and be in good shape.
- Check the roof of your house often. In late fall, check the roof and gutters for leaves and other debris. After storms with strong winds, it’s also a good idea to check the roof.
- Get the gutters cleaned. In late fall, after the trees have dropped their leaves, clean the gutters and downspouts. Check the seams for breaks or holes, and make sure the brackets that hold the gutters to the house are firmly in place.
- Check out the lights. Because it covers a hole in the roof, flashing is a common place for leaks to start. Check the flashing around the chimney, vents, and exhaust pipes. Make sure it isn’t bent or torn, and that the sealant isn’t dry or coming off.
- Cut away tree limbs that hang down too far. When trees grow too close to the house, they can damage the roof. Not only could broken branches fall on the roof, but if they hang over or rest on the shingles, they can wear away the stone coating that protects the roof over time.
- Check for damage from animals. Rats and birds will live on your roof and in the space under it if they can. If parts of the roof are weak from rot, it will be easy for all kinds of small animals to get in. They will only make the damage worse, which could mean repairs that are pretty expensive.
- Look for signs of bugs, such as termites. Signs of an infestation include soft, rotting spots, shredded wood or sawdust, and insect poop.
- Go around the house on foot. You can check for broken shingles on the ground by walking around the house from time to time, especially after strong winds. Dry, brittle shingles are more likely to break, so if you find pieces on the ground, you should check out the roof.
- Check out the attic. Most roof leaks can be found on the underside of the roof before they get too bad. Look for streaks or stains in the unfinished parts of the attic. Look for places around the chimney and vents where water might have gotten in. Also look for soft spots in the wood and signs that animals or insects have been there.
- Don’t go up on the roof. When you walk on a roof, it’s easy to damage it. No matter what it’s made of, a roof can be easily broken. When you step on asphalt shingles, slate, or clay tiles, they can all crack or come loose.
- Schedule an inspection by a professional. A roof expert will know exactly what to look for and will be able to quickly evaluate your roof.