If you’ve just invested in a new roof from Super Mabati for your home, you most likely want to protect and sustain the integrity of that new roof, and timely maintenance is the best way to do so.
To help your roof last longer, we’ve outlined five critical maintenance tips that will help your roof stay in tip-top shape for years.
- Perform Regular, Monthly Inspections and Maintenance: To keep your roof looking great, you have to pay attention to it on a regular basis. When you’re busy with work and family the state of their roof may be the last thing on your mind. But, to avoid forgetting about roof maintenance, schedule one day every month for a visual roof inspection. During your monthly inspection, note how full the gutters are, how much water, Dust and debris sit on the roof, how much algae has grown, and how intact the roofing materials (i.e. shingles, Nails) are. If necessary, clean out the leaves, twigs, branches and other debris from your gutters and their downpipes. Wash out any areas with algae, and use a broom to sweep off any standing water or debris from the roof. You should also replace any peeling, curling, or damaged Mabati as soon as you can. This regular inspection and maintenance schedule can help prevent major roof problems
- Inspect Your Roof and Your Gutters after Strong Rains: After Heavy downpours, it’s best to check your roof and perform maintenance accordingly. Check your roof for standing water and debris from tree leaves and branches. Depending on the severity of the rain, you may need to remove the debris and water, clean out your gutters, or fix the damaged roofing materials immediately.
- Trim the Branches of Nearby Trees: The closer tree branches are to your house, the greater the risk they present to your roof. Rains and strong winds can pull limbs off trees and deposit them right onto your roof. When this happens, tree branches can puncture your roof and cause major damage.To help prevent this situation, trim the tree branches closest to your house. You may want to hire a landscaping service to cut these branches because, depending on the height of the trees on your property, tree-trimming can be risky.
- Address Maintenance and Repair Issues Early: If you notice a minor problem with your roof, address it immediately. Unlike many other home improvement projects, roof repairs cannot wait. Small issues, like corrosion/ moulds, might be evidence of a bigger problem, such as a persistent leak. Without immediate repairs, that leak can grow quickly and cause extensive water damage to your roof and the interior of your home.
- Hire a Professional Fundi to Do Major Repairs: Roofing isn’t a do-it-yourself project. It requires attention to detail and a contractor’s expertise and experience. Unless you’re a certified fundi, it’s best not to fix roofing problems, such as leaks and holes, on your own. Some mistakes can be costly, and you can also risk injuring yourself.To keep you and your family safe and avoid unnecessary damages, turn to a professional. Experienced local roofing contractors can easily make the proper repairs and ensure your roof is in good condition.