Getting a new roof is an expensive investment - one that can range up to $35,000 if made with high-end materials. If you are a homeowner dealing with costs as severe as that, you'd want to protect your roof at all costs. Even if your roof is years old, maintaining it regularly decreases the risk of having to replace the roof prematurely. Here are a few tasks that you can do to get the most from your CT roof.
Get Rid of Moss
If you live in the Northeast, you're likely to find a lot of moss growing on your roof especially on composition or wood shingles. Moss is thicker and more three-dimension than algae, making it more dangerous because it can trap water. You can sweep it off easily if you get to it early, but if there's large amounts of buildup, you'll need to kill the moss using products based on potassium salts of fatty acids. Apply the soap where the moss is growing and avoid getting the wash water into the storm drains. Once the roof is clean, invest in zinc strips to keep the moss from growing back. It's more environmentally friendly and highly effective.
Prevent Ice Dams
Removing snow between each storm can forestall leaks into your home and prevent any other damage. Use a roof rake to dislodge snow away from the gutters, or get a telescope pole and work from the ground. If you're on a ladder, work at an angle so the snow doesn't fall directly on you or push you over. Improper insulation and air leaks can also heighten the risk of ice dams on your CT roof so address these issues when you get a chance as well.
Clean the Gutters
When leaves accumulate too deeply in gutters, water can get into the roof sheathing and rot everything out. That kind of damage can run into the thousands for repair so it's recommended that homeowners clean their gutters biannually, typically each fall and spring. Cleaning the gutters is usually a DIY project, but you can hire a pro for up to $200 depending on the house size.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Tree-trimming goes a long way towards keeping leaves and moss off of your CT roof and keeping it damage-free. Limbs and leaves that can touch your roof can damage shingles, and also give squirrels and other rodents access to the roof. They can eat away at your roof and siding, so it's recommended that branches are at least 10 feet away from your home to keep pests away. This job is usually done by a pro, so contact an expert beforehand.