You know the importance of regular roofing maintenance. We don’t have to tell you how vital a roof is for the quality and safety of a home. Knowing the importance of roof maintenance is one thing. It’s an entirely different animal to know how to do that maintenance! What are the essential types of roofing maintenance? How do you decide in the first place what should be considered essential maintenance? After all, certain aspects of roof maintenance should happen very regularly, while you might not need to worry about other aspects of your roof for years at a time. 

It’s difficult to wade through all of this unless you have some background in roofing or home maintenance yourself. Not everyone has that sort of background. Luckily, J. Adams Roofing is here to help. We are the trusted residential roofing company for the greater St. Augustine area. We decided to take today’s blog to explore some of our favorite tips for roofing maintenance. Of course, we couldn’t possibly contain all of the essential information for roofing maintenance in one single blog. After reading through our blog today, please feel free to reach out to your St. Augustine residential roofing company. We look forward to answering any questions you may have! We even offer free estimates, so don’t hesitate to contact us!

On that note, let’s turn to some of our favorite tips for roofing maintenance!

1. Monitor & Inspect Your Roof

Unsurprisingly, you should keep an eye on your roof so you can see if there’s anything that needs to be addressed. This might seem obvious, but there’s more to monitoring your roof than you might expect. Of course, you will want to keep your eyes peeled for any obvious damage, such as broken, loose, discolored, or peeling shingles or tiles. 

In addition to the obvious signs of damage, there can be more subtle concerns. This can include the build-up of lichen, moss, or mildew. You can take a closer look at your roof on a regular basis, but it’s also important that you get professional inspections. We recommend that you have your roof inspected at least once per year. You should also consider having your roof inspected if it has just endured a storm — you may need to work with an insurance inspector for homeowners insurance claims, and/or your roofer if your roof is covered by a material or workmanship warranty.

2. Keep Your Gutters Clear

This one might also seem obvious — but its importance can’t be overemphasized. Clogged gutters aren’t just an eyesore; they can lead to serious damage to your home and foundation. Through repair costs and potential harm to the value of your home, clogged gutters can be seriously hard on your wallet. More than that, they can be dangerous.

It might seem like a small thing, but build-up of leaves, dirt, and other debris will prevent your gutters from doing what they do best: directing water away from your home. 

Pools of water can deteriorate your roofing and damage your foundation. When water pools against your roof, it is more likely to damage the roofing material, and it may penetrate the sub-roof, which will create a leak. And that can cause all kinds of problems throughout your home. Be sure to clear your gutters at least every fall — you may need to clean them out more often if you have lots of foliage around or other sources of obstructions.

3. Remove Nearby Trees and Branches

Trees are lovely, and they can bring with them all sorts of advantages, including shade and beauty. But, they can also be a serious liability to your roof and the overall safety of your home. When you have tall trees looming over your roof, an intense storm can cause those branches to come crashing down. This can break windows, pierce and damage your roof, or worse. 

It’s important to trim your tree branches. You should also keep an eye on the trees around your property. If a tree is getting too tall, growing in a dangerous direction, or showing signs of termites or rot, then it might be best to get the tree removed from your property. You can get ahead of these issues, however. All you have to do is . . .

4. Plan Ahead When Planting Trees

Like we said, trees are great to have on your property. However, our recommendation as a St. Augustine residential moving company is that you give a lot of thought as to where you’ll be planting those trees. You should plant them a reasonable distance away from your home’s exterior, for instance. Since various tree species grow different sizes, you should be wary of how your new trees will look once they’re fully mature. 

As a general rule, you should plant larger trees 20 feet (or more) away from your home. Meanwhile, you can plant smaller trees up to 10 feet away from your home. Be sure to do some research into the full-grown size of the tree species that you’re planting before you place them around your home. It’s best to talk to a professional about these issues. Certain tree species are more ideal for the Florida climate. These are all factors to keep in mind when planting trees on your property.

5. Insurance & Warranties

Be mindful that your homeowners insurance and roofing warranties are in place to protect your roof when the unexpected happens. Certain homeowners policies provide roof protection, in case your roof is damaged by Mother Nature or regular wear and tear. That said, some insurance policies won’t protect older roofs that are near their end of life, and some policies do not cover damage at all. If your roof has been damaged by a storm or fallen branch or any other hazard, then you should reach out to your insurance provider to see if they will reimburse you for the necessary repairs or roof replacement.

In addition, your roof may be covered by a warranty that protects against premature deterioration of the roof and/or poor craftsmanship that can lead to roof failure. These warranties include protection against workmanship issues, as well as protection against issues caused by the manufacturing of the shingles themselves. If you notice that a shingle has come loose, or the granules on your shingles are falling off prematurely, then you may not have to pay a dime to have work performed on your roof. We recommend talking with your insurance company for more information on this. You can always reach out to your St. Augustine residential roofing company as well!

6. Count on J. Adams Roofing

Here at J. Adams Roofing, we believe that your roof may just be the most important part of your home. As such, we strive to ensure that your roof is as protective and protected as possible. You can always reach out to us for repairs, inspections, and other services surrounding your roof and its components. Again, we are the trusted residential roofing company for folks throughout St. Augustine, and the surrounding area — call us today for your roofing needs!