If your home has a shingled roof, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to prevent future leaks. If so, use the following three-step guide for performing preventative maintenance on your roof once a year.
Step 1: Clear Off Any Debris
This first step involves clearing off any debris on your roof, such as leaves and branches. Completing this step first allows you to fully see the condition of the shingles. It also removes any slipping hazards, especially if wet, rotting leaves are present that could make you lose your footing and fall.
There are two ways to clean the roof. If the weather has been dry, you could go on the roof and use a push broom to sweep it.
However, if it has rained recently and the leaves are stuck on the roof, use a pressure washer or a garden hose nozzle set to a low stream to wash the roof clean. Do this from the ground or a ladder. You do not want to be on the roof while it is wet and slippery.
If you clean the roof with water, wait for it to dry fully. Then, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Look For Broken Or Deteriorated Shingles
Once the roof and the weather are dry, go up on the roof and look for broken or deteriorated shingles. If you find areas where one or two shingles are damaged, you can try to replace them yourself with a new one.
Replacing a shingle can be done by prying up the nails on the bottom of the shingle above the damaged one and pulling it out. Then, after positioning the new shingle, hammer the nails back in.
However, if you find large areas of damage, you may want to have a roofing company look at it. These larger areas may have plywood damage underneath that could cause an imminent leak. These shingles will most likely need replacing.
Step 3: Hammer In Any Loose Nails
After checking the condition of the shingles, hammer in any loose nails that are sticking up. This helps them keep a tight grip on the shingles, minimizing the risk of having parts of your roof blow off during a strong storm with high winds.
Going through the steps above once a year can help you keep tabs on your roof's condition and could help you avoid possible leaks. If you find several areas of crumbling or broken shingles, you may want to contact a roofing company to have them inspect your roof and discuss your available options, including repairing the damaged areas or replacing the shingles.