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What We Assess When Performing Roof Maintenance

As a homeowner, you know it’s imperative to take proper care of your residence. That’s why you update your landscaping, fix leaky windows, and keep your appliances in working order. It’s easy to remember to care for things that are an obvious eyesore or creating an uncomfortable living environment. However, it’s just as important to give attention to the parts of your property that appear to be just fine, like your roof.

You probably notice your roof momentarily each day as you arrive home from work or daily outings and it may look to be in good condition. However, without getting a close-up look, it could be causing problems that are going undetected. That’s why contacting a Portland roofing company for at least yearly maintenance is strongly recommended.

In fact, roof maintenance isn’t just recommended. It may be a requirement to meet your manufacturer’s warranty, as well as your installer’s workmanship warranty as is the case at Interstate Roofing.

Why do I need annual roof maintenance performed?

In addition to adhering to your warranty, when you work with a Portland roofing company to care for your home, experts will ensure that your roof is in proper working order for years to come. Just like your vehicle, if you take care of a problem early, it’ll be a much easier and less costly fix.

Your roof will also look it’s best. I’m sure you’ve seen homes in your neighborhood with missing or discolored shingles and other homes where moss is accumulating on the surface. These are all preventable and treatable issues, likely covered under warranty, when you opt for annual maintenance checks.

If you select Interstate Roofing as your roof installer and maintenance provider, annual care will also ensure you are covered by our After-Hour Emergency Leak Response Team. We know situations arise when it’s least expected and you will take top priority if anything happens to your roof when you sign up for our maintenance agreement.

What does Interstate Roofing look for during maintenance checks?

First, we perform a close inspection of the entire surface of the roof. We look for any obvious signs of wear and tear and any particular concerns we may want to look into further during our visit.

Then, we start by clearing any dirt and debris off the surface. In addition to branches, leaves, blossoms, and seeds that may have become trapped between shingles, we also look for any vegetation that may have started accumulating.

In addition to cleaning the surface of your roof, we also clean out your rain gutters and the tops of downspouts. This will ensure water will flow from your roof, into the gutters, and down to the earth’s surface. This process is imperative as leaves and other debris can trap stagnant water, causing mold growth within the gutters and even under the shingles at the roofline. Mold is more challenging to clean than moss and may require shingle replacements, so keeping your gutters clean is just as important as keeping your roof clean.

Next, we check all roof penetrations and give special attention to areas where sealant was applied. The sealant, which prevents water from leaking at points of entry near flashings, piping, and your chimney, may need a refresh and we’ll take care of this while onsite.

We will also take a close look at all roof intersections, terminations, and metalwork. If we notice any problems with any parts of your roof or gutters, we will photograph and document the issues and make sure to schedule any follow-up visits to make the needed repairs.

Are there any additional maintenance recommendations?

While we care for your entire roof, there are additional steps you or other specialized professionals should perform to keep your roof in top condition.

While trees planted near your home is an ideal way to help lower your utility costs as the shade will keep your home cooler in the summer, keep an eye on the branches. If they get too long they could scratch or further damage your roof. Keep them at least a foot away from the roofline.

Depending on the shape of your home, siding may appear above the surface of your roof. Make sure to keep it in good condition as well.

Soffit vents, downspouts, and drain pipes, and dryer vents all need to be kept free and clean. Any debris, insulation, blockages, obstructions (like paint clogs) should be removed with haste.

Ductwork should also be inspected by your local HVAC specialist on a regular basis. This should include making sure bath, kitchen, and dryer fans are positively connected to the unit; the ducting is continuous and no leaking seams or voids have appeared; ducting is the proper size for your space; the ducting terminates securely to the proper vents at the roof.

If you neglect your ductwork, moist air can accumulate and cause organic growth, prematurely aging your roof.

If your home is in a heavily forested area, it is recommended that maintenance is performed by a Portland roofing company up to four times per year. However, if your home is more secluded, visits should occur at least annually.

While you could choose any Portland roofing company to care for your home, at Interstate Roofing we’ve been caring for neighborhood roofs for more than 30 years and provide the top manufacturer and workmanship warranties in the industry. No one knows the ins and outs of roof maintenance quite like we do.

Ready to schedule your yearly roof assessment? Reach out today and know your home is in the best hands.