How Should I Maintain My Roof?

If you have chosen your new roof carefully, it should require only minimal maintenance.

Nevertheless, here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep gutters, downspouts, and roof surfaces clear of fallen leaves, twigs and other litter so that water will drain freely and not back up.
  • Never allow water from a downspout to pour directly onto the roof below; keep trees trimmed to prevent scuffing of the roof by branches or damage by falling limbs. Keep climbing roses and vines trimmed back.
  • Don't walk on roofing. It's dangerous and can damage the shingles. When it is necessary for workmen to go on the roof, they should use ladders, scaffolding or other suitable protection.
  • When removing debris from the valley or roof area, be careful not to damage the roof with whatever tools are used.
  • The roof should be inspected once a year and any damage should be repaired as soon as possible.