There are several things you need to check no matter what the type of the roofing system you have. Some maintenance tasks are common to all types of roofing materials, others are specific and need a special type of maintenance. The best is to check everything with the manufacturer to take care of the requirements. Flashings may last long but also require more maintenance. If you are not sure how to do the maintenance or you feel uncomfortable working on the roof, consider contacting a professional roofer. If you are painting, trimming trees, replacing the gutters and downspouts, arrange a company to help you if you cannot do it by yourself and also take the precaution measures.
ANNUAL MAINTENANCE At least once a year you should check the cladding, flashings and the chimneys on the roof. You can use a ladder, but be very careful, and do not work when the roofing surface is wet. There are many falling and slipping accidents when talking about roofing maintenance. Check the roof before you step on it, and use safety ropes. Some of the materials can support the big weight, but be sure that the material can resist the human weight, because if not, there can be damages done. Also, a helmet and the soled shoes are a must!
WHEN WORKING ON A ROOF: 1. Be sure that the roofing surface is dry (do not step on a wet surface) 2. Use a roof ladder on the roofs that are over approximately 15 degrees 3.Use extended windows brushes to clean the surface 4.Walk along the nail lines 5. To avoid roofing and guttering damaged place a time block on the gutters 6.Step only on the front edge of the roofing surface 7. A cherry picked is good for accessing the around of the house
CORRODED FLASHINGS Corrosion is very common in areas near and at the sea, but also appear in other larger areas. Flashing is protecting the vulnerable roofing areas. If they fail, that can seriously damage your roofing. Remove the corrosion and paint the surface with the primer. If the corrosion very big, think about replacing the flashing. PROBLEMS WITH THE FLASHINGS Flashings protect the most vulnerable areas and surfaces of the roofing system. If they fall, water can easy penetrate into your home and cause damage. Replace the loose nails with new ones. Make sure the timber is fixed.
PONDING WATER Water can pond on a surface that has the insufficient slope or on the roof that is sagging. Water can cause the roofing deterioration and is very common on the flat or membrane roofs. Check the roofing structure and its warranty because the changes may invalidate the warranty. Contact a professional for any further questions.
TREES Trees can cause many problems with its overhanging branches that can scratch the roofing material. Falling branches can damage the shingles and can cause debris on the roofing surface. The water backups or goes down the fascia. The branches need to be trimmed, and the gutters need to be clear of debris and leaves.