Residential Roof Maintenance FAQ

Residential Roof Maintenance FAQ

As a homeowner, it’s your responsibility to take care of your roof, which means you’ll likely need to hire a Dallas roof maintenance specialist for periodic inspections and repairs. If you don’t, you could end up with undetected roof damage, and when left unaddressed, even minor damage can prompt further deterioration over time.

While most roofs require replacement every 15 to 30 years (with the exception of metal and tile), many roofs end up needing premature replacement because they’re not properly taken care of. But in most cases, the need for premature replacement can be avoided with routine roof maintenance.

If you want to maximize the life of your home’s roof and get the most out of your investment, our team at Paradigm Roofing is here to help. Read on for answers to some of our most frequently asked residential roof maintenance questions so you know what to do.

How Often Should I Get Roof Inspections?

Getting periodic roof inspections is one of the simplest things you can do to help keep your roof in great shape. Ideally, you’ll want to hire a pro for a comprehensive inspection annually, either in spring or autumn. But you should also know what the most common signs of damage look like so you know when your roof needs professional attention. Keep an eye out for signs of damage like:

  • Cracked, missing, or lifted shingles/tiles
  • Dents in metal paneling or metal roofing components like flashing
  • Patches of missing shingle granules or granule accumulation in gutters
  • Water staining in your attic
  • Signs of mold or mildew in your attic, either on wood or insulation

If you ever notice anything that looks questionable, contact a roofing contractor to schedule a thorough inspection no matter the time of year. That way, you can have a pro alert you to any budding problems that require roof repairs so you can head off further deterioration as early as possible.

If your house weathers a particularly bad storm, especially if there’s hail or high winds involved, it’s also a good idea to schedule an inspection after it passes.

Does My Roof Need to Be Cleaned?

Yes, it does. And for safety’s sake — and to keep an expert eye on your roof — you should hire a pro for the job. Periodic cleaning helps prevent debris from accumulating on your roof and discourages moss growth. Both debris and moss can hold moisture against your roof and encourage water damage, rot, mold, and rusting of metal components.

It’s a good idea to have your roof cleaned annually. However, you may need it cleaned twice, especially if you have lots of trees on your property. If your roof accumulates a lot of debris after a storm, you should have that cleaned off promptly too.

Does Gutter Cleaning Actually Help My Roof?

Yes, keeping your gutters clean will absolutely help keep your roof in good condition. When your gutters are stuffed full of leaves, twigs, and pine needles, water cannot flow through them efficiently. And if your downspouts are full of debris, water may not be able to flow through them at all. When that happens, rain or snow runoff will stagnate in or overflow out of the gutter troughs, which can damage your roof’s soffit and fascia.

When your gutters are stuffed full during winter, they can encourage ice dam formation, which can result in serious roof leaks. Clean gutters and downspouts, on the other hand, allow water to flow off efficiently, so it won’t damage the edges of your roof.

If you’re not keen on cleaning your gutters, hire a pro to do it for you because it must be done. You may also want to consider having gutter screens installed, which will prevent large debris from entering the troughs.

How Do I Know Whether My Roof Needs Repairs or Replacement?

The best way to determine whether you need roof repairs or replacement is to consult with a reputable roofing contractor. If, however, you know your roof is old and well outside its warranty period, you can safely assume it’s time for a replacement when you notice glaring problems.

While it’s often possible to repair a roof that’s aged out of its warranty, replacement is usually preferable. Older roofs are naturally more susceptible to damage and deterioration, so repairs may not be cost effective, especially if they’re frequently required.

Get a Free Estimate for Roof Repairs in Dallas or Fort Worth

Does your home need roof repairs? Are you worried your roof might have undetected damage? Then don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team at Paradigm Roofing for a free estimate! We specialize in comprehensive roof maintenance for homeowners throughout Dallas, McKinney, and Fort Worth and have proudly served the area for nearly 20 years. We also hold an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and are a member of the Texas Association of Builders and the Roofing Contractors Association of Texas.

To get a free roof repair estimate or learn more about our roof maintenance services, give us a call at 972-542-7774 or contact us online for more information.