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If you’ve just invested in a new roof from your home, you most likely want to protect and sustain the integrity of that new roof, and timely maintenance is the best way to do so.

To help your roof last longer, we’ve outlined five critical maintenance tips that will help your roof stay in tip-top shape for years.

1.) Perform Regular, Monthly Inspections and Maintenance

To keep your roof looking great, you have to pay attention to it on a regular basis. When you’re busy with work, family, or errands, the state of their roof may be the last thing on your mind.

But, to avoid forgetting about roof maintenance, schedule one day every month for a visual roof inspection. During your monthly inspection, note how full the gutters are, how much water and debris sit on the roof, how much algae has grown, and how intact the roofing materials (i.e. shingles) are.

If necessary, clean out the leaves, twigs, and other debris from your gutters and their downspouts. Power wash any areas with algae, and use a broom to sweep off any standing water or lingering debris from the roof. You should also replace any peeling, curling, or damaged shingles as soon as you can. This regular inspection and maintenance schedule can help prevent major roof problems.

2.) Inspect Your Roof and Your Gutters After Storms

In Ohio, winter brings heavy snowfall in winter, and summer brings intense thunderstorms. While hurricanes aren’t common here in the Buckeye State, our seasonal storms can douse a roof with just as much water and debris as a hurricane. After these seasonal storms, it’s best to check your roof for debris, water, and snow and perform maintenance accordingly.

When winter storms hit, do not allow snow to sit on your roof. Snowbanks melt and refreeze, corrupting roofing materials. Use a shovel, or hire a snow removal service to get the snow off your roof.

When rainstorms hit, check your roof for standing water, debris, and damage. Depending on the severity of the storm, you may need to remove the debris and water, clean out your gutters, or fix the damaged roofing materials immediately.

3.) Trim the Branches of Nearby Trees

The closer tree branches are to your home, the greater the risk they present to your roof. Storms and strong winds can pull limbs off trees and deposit them right onto your roof. When this happens, tree branches can puncture your roof and cause major damage.

To help prevent this situation, trim the tree branches closest to your home. You may want to hire a landscaping service to cut these branches because, depending on the height of the trees on your property, tree-trimming can be risky.

4.) Address Maintenance and Repair Issues Early

If you notice a minor problem with your roof, address it immediately. Unlike many other home improvement projects, roof repairs cannot wait. Small issues, like mold, might be evidence of a bigger problem, such as a persistent leak. Without immediate repairs, that leak can grow quickly and cause extensive water damage to your roof and the interior of your home.

5.) Hire a Professional Roofer to Do Major Repairs

Roofing isn’t a do-it-yourself project. It requires attention to detail and a contractor’s expertise and experience. Unless you’re a certified roofer, it’s best not to fix roofing problems, such as leaks and holes, on your own. Some mistakes can be costly, and you can also risk injuring yourself.

To keep you and your family safe and avoid unnecessary damages, turn to a professional. An experienced local roofing company can easily make the proper repairs and ensure your roof is in good condition.