Roof maintenance is a necessary task. A visual inspection should be performed twice a year. If the area where you live is subject to inclement weather, you may want to inspect 4 times a year. During inspection, if you notice little things here and there like the ones mentioned below, you should do your best to perform some of the minor repair work. A well maintained roof will have a longer life expectancy.
While you are up there, you should sweep away any and all debris. Pay particular attention to any pipes and other roof penetrations. Any dirt that collects in these areas will hold moisture which will help increase the rate of deterioration.
Check For Algae
If you see algae, install some zinc control strips. If you can, scrape whatever you can off. Algae can be a very intrusive organism.
If you see some shingles that are loose, apply some roof cement to re-secure.
If you find that some pieces are missing, you should replace them. For asphalt shingles, it is fairly straightforward process.
Any pieces that have damage should also be replaced.
Check The Gutter
If you have a gutter, make sure to keep it clean. You want any rain water to drain easily away from the roof.
If you have trees close by your house, keep the branches trimmed if they start to hang over the roof.
Caulking And Sealants
If you see that these are cracked or damaged, you will need to scrape it off and reapply new caulking and sealant.
If you are unable to get on the roof, you can schedule with your roofer to come out on a regular basis to perform the maintenance work. It will prevent major problems down the road and give you peace of mind. If you know that minor problems are taken care of, then you will not have to worry about major problems the next time a big storm comes your way.