4 Things You Can Do This Spring To Ensure Roof Rot Doesn't Take Over Your Roof

Posted on: 8 May 2017

The last thing that you want to happen to your roof is to have roof rot develop. Roof rot can destroy your roof and can really do some damage to your bank account. Here are four things that you can do this spring to ensure that your roof is protected against roof rot.

#1 Clean Your Roof

The first thing that you need to do is get up on your roof and pick up all the various debris that is on your roof. Throughout the winter and spring, debris such as leaves and sticks may get on your roof. Don't leave this debris up there; when debris builds up on your roof, it can allow water to accumulate on your rooftop, which is one of the key ways that roof rot is developed.

Pick up the debris by hand or use a broom to gently sweep away the debris. Don't sweep too hard, you don't want to damage the shingles.

#2 Clean Your Gutters

The second thing you need to do to ensure that roof rot doesn't develop on your roof is clean your gutters. To clean your gutters you only need a few basic supplies: a ladder, a bucket, and some gloves. Situation your ladder somewhere that where it is safe and secure, and hang a bucket off the bucket hook on the top of your ladder. Then, stand on a safe step on your ladder and scope out the junk into the bucket. Empty the bucket before it is full and while it is still light enough for you to carry down the ladder.

Once you have cleaned all of your gutters, you can rinse them out with a hose. This is a great way to get rid of the rest of the junk in your gutters. When your gutters get too clogged, water can back up and damage your roof and lead to roof rot.

#3 Replace Damaged Shingles

Third, when you clean your roof, be sure to keep an eye out for damaged shingles. If you find any damaged or missing shingles, you are going to want to replace them yourself or hire someone to do so as soon as possible. Damaged shingles will allow water to reach and seep through the various layers of your roof and potential lead to long-term damage, including roof rot. It is best to deal with damaged shingles right away.

#4 Seal Around Vents

Finally, check around all of the vents on your roof. Any vent or structure that comes through your home presents space for water to leak into your roof. Make sure that the area around all protruding structures is well sealed. If you doubt the integrity of the seals, you are going to want to apply roofing tar around the structure to ensure that there is a solid seal between the protruding structure and your roof. This will prevent water from getting deep into your roof and leading to roof rot.

Be sure to take the four steps above to prevent roof rot from ever touching your roof this spring. For more information, contact companies like Roof-Rite Roofing, Inc.