Do Home Roof Maintenance Yourself Or Hire a Professional

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Your roof is the first thing the sun may shine on in the morning and the last thing to dry out after a big storm so home roof maintenance is a must for all homes. But do you perform your own home roof maintenance or do you let a roofing contractor do it for you.

It is fairly simple to set up a home roof maintenance program for yourself that you can do on a regular basis. Sometimes if you have had a roof replaced recently the roofing contractor may include some basic maintenance in his contract. This may include cleaning out the gutters every fall and actually going up on the roof once a year to inspect it and also hose it off. If this is included in your contract then by all means make sure the roofing contractor performs this task every year.

Some roofers even write in the contract they will perform these services for the life of the roof. But you would never know if this is true however, if you sell your house before the roof life expires.

You too can set up a maintenance schedule similar to one the roofer may perform. You can visually inspect the roof from the ground. You can also go up on the roof and walk it looking for any potential problems. You can clean out your gutters twice a year. You could also haul a hose up on the roof and hose it down.

You can also pressure wash it but if you do that consider what damage you may be doing to the roof as you drag the pressure washer hose around along with your weight stomping along the roof edge or crest. You would have to be careful on a steeply pitched roof as you do not need to fall or slide off of it.

If you have a flat roof you can easily lean a ladder against the edge of the roof after a rain and see if there any pools of water. You can also put up the ladder and look for any bubbles or blisters under the top coat.

If you only want the gutters cleaned our on a regular basis you could hire a handyman to do this service for you. That person could also hose the roof down whilst on a ladder. Home roof maintenance is a simple task to perform.