If you’ve owned your own home for a while, you probably know the basics of what you need to do to care for your roof year in and year out. But with work, family life, and all the other home maintenance required, you may not have the time you need to give the roof all the care you’d like.
Here are some tips on how to handle roof maintenance when you’re especially busy.
Use a Camera
A high-resolution camera offers a great shortcut for home roof inspections. This method allows you to simply snap pictures of your roof from the ground and then inspect them later at your leisure. You don’t need to climb any ladders or walk on the roof. This tip can not only save you time but save you from the risk of an injury as well.
In some cases, you may be able to use the camera on your phone if it’s a high-quality one. You just need to be able to zoom in closely on each picture so that you can see the condition of each shingle. For best results, you can also put the camera on a pole to get some closer-up photos and some from a higher angle to make the inspection as thorough as possible.
Choose More Professional Maintenance
Professional roof maintenance contractors can help you with everything from inspections to roof cleaning to moss removal to re-caulking your flashing and cleaning your gutters. Many of these tasks (such as gutter cleaning) can be DIY if you have the time, but you may not always have the time your roof needs for proper care.
If you have no idea how you’ll squeeze in the time for DIY roof maintenance this season, just give your contractor a call.
Ask Your Contractor to Send Reminders
Some roofing contractors will be glad to send you reminders based on your agreed-upon roof maintenance schedule to alert you that it’s time to schedule a service visit. Be sure to let the contractor know your preferred contact method, whether that’s an email, phone call, or even a postcard in the mail. A reminder from a contractor requires no effort on your part.
The best part is that once you get the reminder, you don’t even need to make time for the maintenance yourself. All you need to do is call the contractor and let them know when you’d like them to come out and take care of your roof.
Use Gutter Guards
Cleaning out gutters can be one of the most frequent tasks related to your roof. If you have trees near your house, your gutters may need to be cleaned once every season. If you don’t want to pay for gutter cleaning that often and simply don’t have the time to do it yourself, you can choose gutter guards to reduce the need for cleanouts.
Be sure to choose the right gutter guards for your situation, though. Some guards may not work well with large debris such as leaves, which can build up and keep water out of the gutter. If you have a lot of leaf buildup in your gutters, you may want to consider reverse curve gutter guards. These allow water to curve around and fall in the gutter, while leaves slide to the ground.
These four tips can help you keep your roof in tip-top shape with minimum expenditure of energy and time.
Seagate Roofing and Foundation Services can provide excellent roof maintenance service in addition to repairs, inspections, and other home improvement services. Get in touch today to discuss how we can help reduce your roof maintenance workload.