Everyone knows that if you want to avoid big bills in repair bills, you should regularly maintain your home. Although it often goes overlooked, your roof also needs that attention.  Regularly checking over it and taking some precautionary steps can help you avoid expensive emergency roof repairs after a storm.

Trees:  Although they offer beauty and shade to any property, trees can also harm your roof. When you trim back overgrowth and cut overhanging limbs, you’re saving shingles from damage. Gutters:  You should clean your gutters at least twice a year. Preventing clogs will help avoid water build up. When dirt and debris are removed, issues will be easier to spot. Downspout Maintenance:  While you’re checking your gutters, don’t forget your downspouts. They’re likely to get clogged and back up if they’re not cared for properly. Too Much Snow:  After a big winter storm, clear any built up snow with a roof rake. Because snow is so heavy, it can damage shingles and cause ice dams when the weather slowly gets warmer. Ventilation:  Making sure your vents are clear will keep moisture buildup and heat to a minimum. This means that rot is less likely to happen, and roof replacement won’t be something you need to do very often. Insulation:  A well-insulated attic will optimize the roof’s performance as well as save on energy costs. Storm Damage:  After bad spring storms, especially if there’s hail involved, take a look at your roof. Shingles could have been loosened or removed completely. Check the interior of your home for water stains in case of leaks. Watch for Green:  Some roofs may be prone to moss and algae growth. If you spot green where there shouldn’t be, look into installing control strips with zinc or lead in them. Flashings:  One of the weak parts of your roof could be the flashing. Investigate the spots where your roof meets the body of the house, skylights or chimneys for signs of wear, cracks or holes. If you spot any damage or would like someone with more experience to look at your roof, don’t be afraid to consult an expert. An annual roof inspection is something every homeowner should have on a "to-do" list.  A good roofing contractor will be able to help you determine a course of action and give you more tips about how to properly care for your house.