There are few things in life quite as satisfying as closing on a new home, especially if you’re new to homeownership. But after you settle in and find the perfect spot for all of your furnishings, it’s a good idea to take some time out to make a plan for home maintenance. By planning ahead and staying on top of important home maintenance tasks, you’ll make sure your home stays in good shape longer and save yourself money on future home repairs.

To help you stay on top of your roof maintenance responsibilities as a homeowner, J&J Roofing is sharing this roofing checklist. Be sure to file it away with all of your important home documents, and don’t forget to call when residential roofing repairs in or around Roseville.

  1. Keep your trees trimmed.

Trees growing too close to a home are a common cause of roof damage. When strong storms and extreme weather strike, large limbs can break and cause high levels of devastation to your roof.

But even smaller branches can cause significant damage when they impact your roof with high wind speeds, ripping up shingles and allowing moisture to get into your home. To prevent tree-related roof damage, be sure to regularly schedule tree maintenance and avoid planting large trees too close to your home or other structures on your property.

  1. Clean your gutters seasonally.

Clogged gutters are a common source of roof damage. When there is a clog in your gutter, the water isn’t able to run off of your roof and out through the drainage system away from your home. Instead, it flows back onto your roof where it seeps into any points of vulnerability in your shingles or underlayment.

For best results, add gutter cleaning to your seasonal home maintenance chore list and clean them twice a year. Cleaning your gutters in the fall will clear out all of the leaves and tree debris that can gather in your gutters during the autumn months, and cleaning them in the spring helps to ensure they’re ready for spring rains. Or consider simplifying your life by investing in gutter covers to reduce your gutter cleaning responsibilities.

  1. Take steps to reduce ice dams.

Ice dams occur when ice forms at the cold edges of your roof, preventing water from draining into your gutter system as it normally would. The best way to prevent ice dams from forming is to even out your roof temperature by investing in better attic insulation and roofing materials. Talk to one of our residential roofing contractors to find out more about ice dam prevention.

  1. Inspect your roof regularly.

Catching roof damage early can save you a ton of cash down the road. Every spring and fall, take a walk around your property and check for signs of roof damage. Look for missing shingles and missing granules on your roof, signs of bubbling or warping, and anything else that looks out of place. If you notice any signs of water intrusion into your home, be sure to call a residential roofer right away.

Contact J&J Roofing for Residential Roof Repair Services

In addition to prioritizing regular home maintenance services, be sure to keep a list of contractors to get in touch with in an emergency. If you need a roof inspection or roof repair services for your new home, call 586-445-6455 or contact us online to speak to a roofer.