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When a roof becomes damaged, homeowners have little choice but to call a professional to fix it. After damage has already been done, hiring a Raleigh roofing expert is the only way to ensure that the problem is fixed correctly. However, there are a few basic maintenance tips that homeowners can do themselves to extend the life of their roofs.

The first and most important tip is for homeowners to inspect their roofs for loose shingles or tiles on a regular basis. Roof coverings can often become loose because of heavy rain or strong wind. If the roof of a house is covered in asphalt shingles, the replacement of those shingles can be done without the help of a professional. The homeowner simply needs to use a pry bar to pull the adjacent shingles away from the damaged one. Once the damage shingle is revealed, the homeowner can remove it easily by rocking it back and forth. Tile roofing requires more precision and should be left to professionals.

Homeowners should also ensure that they don't have downspouts that drop water onto the lower sections of their roofs. The water that is pushed out of downspouts during heavy rain can cause extensive damage. This is the same reason why pressure washers shouldn't be used to clean roofs.

Whenever possible, homeowners should avoid walking on their roofs.

The roofing experts at Otto's Exteriors of Raleigh NC can assist you with any questions regarding decks or shingle roofing.

The damage that is caused to shingles by walking on them is extensive in both warm and cold weather. During the winter, asphalt shingles become brittle. During the summer, they become soft and easy to damage. The job of shingles is not to stand up to wear and tear caused by walking. It is to protect the roof of a house from the weather. If homeowners find it necessary to walk on their roofs, they should do so during the morning in the summer before it gets too hot or in the afternoon in the winter when the shingles have had a chance to warm up.

All trees that are located near a house should be trimmed back to avoid hanging over or touching the roof. This causes excess debris to build up on the roof and possibly clog the gutters. Homeowners also run the risk of branches falling off trees and damaging the roofs of their houses.

By following these tips, homeowners can rest assured that the roofs of their homes will stand up against the test of time. It's important to remember, however, that all roofs have a lifespan. No matter how well a homeowner cares for a roof, there will come a time when it needs to be replaced.

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