Your roof is one of the most important things in your home, but is often neglected as long as there are no leaks. Neglect can be bad for your roof over time; if you don't notice problems early on, you may be responsible for more expensive repairs and you might have to deal with damage inside your home. Here are some tasks that you might be ignoring and need to take care of.

Monitoring Flashing

Have vents or a chimney on your roof? You likely have metal flashing that needs to be monitored regularly. Flashing, another name for the metal sheeting installed around protrusions on your roof, helps prevent water from seeping into your house. However, it may become dislodged due to wind and storms, so it is important to regularly make sure that any flashing on your roof remains securely attached.

You might also want to look for fungus that might be growing under and around the flashing. Moisture trapped under the flashing can cause fungal growth that needs to be treated with commercial anti-fungal products so that the fungus doesn't spread and damage shingles and the underlying roof structure. 

Remove Ice and Snow

If you are like a lot of people, you don't think much about ice and snow on your roof, imagining that the sun will melt them. However, if you are in an area that experiences a great amount of snowfall and many days in freezing temperatures, you need to take some action. If you don't, you might risk leaks and other damage.

As soon as it is safe to be outside, use a snow rake to get some of the snow off your roof. You may also want to consider installing heating cables that will prevent too much snow and ice buildup.

Inspect Gutters and Downspouts

While you may know that you need to check your gutters and downspouts, you may not be doing it regularly. Gutters that are clogged with branches, leaves and other items make it impossible for water to drain. As a result, the standing water can leak into your home.

To prevent leaks and have proper drainage, you need to regularly take a look at your gutters and downspouts to make sure the water is flowing well. Also, make sure that the gutters are attached properly instead of sagging.

Now that you're aware of the problems that can be caused if you ignore the things described above, make sure that you pay closer attention to what is happening on your roof. If you aren't sure whether your roof is in good shape, get in touch with a roofing contractor who can diagnose and repair problems quickly.

Speak with a contractor like Miller Roofing & Guttering Inc. for more information.

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