The next time you walk outside, take a moment to gaze up at your roof. What do you see? Do you see even shingles that are all laying flat? Or do you see shingles that are starting to curl and that are covered in moss? You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof just by looking at it. If you are at all concerned about the state of your roof, then your first call should be to a roofing contractor. They can evaluate the situation and recommend repairs or replacement as needed. Learn more about roofing and roofing contractors here on this website.
If you're under a stay-at-home order or advisory during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's helpful to keep yourself busy. You probably don't want to undergo any serious, dangerous projects like replacing your own roof or putting up new walls. However, there are some minorroofing maintenance tasks you can tackle while you're stuck at home. Tackling these tasks will help prevent roof damage in the long-term, which is definitely a good thing, especially if your income has decreased during this time.
Clean your gutters.
Cleaning the gutters may not sound like a roof maintenance project because gutters are not exactly your roof. However, the gutters protect the roof, and if they are clogged with debris, they cannot do that. Water will remain on the roof for too long, causing your shingles to peel and chip away. Cleaning your gutters out should only take an hour or two. You just climb up on a ladder and scoop the gunk out with your hands. Have someone hold the base of the ladder for safety!
Brush leaves away.
Some leaves probably landed on your roof last fall, and in the meantime, they have likely absorbed water and become too heavy to blow off on their own. It's a good idea for you to help them along. Use a long-handled broom to sweep or scrub them away. Removing them from your roof will help keep your shingles in good shape.
Spray any moss growth with herbicides.
If your roof has any moss growing on it, now is the time to take action! Only do this if you feel safe climbing onto your roof, or if you can reach the moss growth from your ladder. Look for an herbicide that kills moss (not all do) and apply it liberally to the mossy section of your roof. Moss can contribute to roof deterioration, so removing it is important.
Clear space around the vents.
This one could not be simpler or safer. Go up into your attic, and make sure the insulation is not pushed over the vents. The vents need to be clear to let heat escape from your attic as the weather grows warmer. If they are blocked by insulation, your attic might get too hot, which will cause your shingles to break down faster.
Take advantage of this time at home to take better care of your roof. If you take a little time to protect it, then it will also protect you.