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Finding leaks or moisture can be the most alarming indication of roof damage. Log home owners often neglect their roof, and it can be the most expensive type of home repair. You should always examine your roof following any severe weather. You can also save yourself costly repairs by checking your roof for these common issues and performing regular maintenance.

Exposed Flashing

The flashing needs to be resealed regularly. Gently lift the shingles above the flashing and then use a chisel and hammer to remove all the old sealant. If it is damaged, replace it. Make certain that the flashing is tightly in place and nailed down. Apply the cement liberally to the back of the shingle and press it firmly into place. Remember to also reseal any exposed flashing.

Clogged Gutters

Clogged gutters cause rainwater to pool and can lead to rot and deterioration. Keeping your gutters clean is the easiest way to protect your roof and should be done at least once a year. To clean your gutters you will need a ladder. You should wear gloves and employ a plastic scoop or shovel to remove the debris and use a plastic bucket or tarp to catch it. Once you have removed the debris, you need to flush the gutters and downspouts with a garden hose and check for any leaks.

 

Cracked Shingles

Cracked shingles allow water to pool and cause damage. If you notice cracking or damage to your shingles, replace them immediately. Shingles will be easier to remove in cooler temperatures. Use a pry bar or the claw of a hammer to carefully remove the shingles directly above the damaged ones. Working from the outside in, carefully remove the damaged shingles as well as the nails and adhesive. Using shingles with adhesive strips will make installation easier. Place the new shingles using the adhesive strips or shingle cement to hold them in place. Secure them with roofing nails.

 

Overgrown Trees

Low hanging branches can rub or hit the roof. Trimming back these branches will prevent them from damaging your roof. Keeping overhanging branches trimmed back can also help keep the leaves from clogging your gutters.

 

Pests

You should keep an eye out for any critters trying to make a home in and around your roof. Pests should be eliminated immediately because they can cause damage to your roof. Spraying can prevent insects from burrowing in. You can set traps for larger animals. It may also be necessary to call a local pest control service.

 

Do It Right the First Time

If you’re not confident in performing roof repairs yourself, contact a company like Roland’s Roofing. The most expensive way to fix your roof is to break it due to not knowing what you’re doing. You should confirm that you have all the necessary materials before you begin. Regular maintenance and thorough examinations can help prolong the life of your roof. Remember to never do roof work alone and always make sure that you have all the proper safety equipment.

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