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Ultimate Guide: Homeowners Handbook to Roof Maintenance

Roof maintenance for homeowners is a lot quicker and easier than you might think. Here is (almost) everything you need to know and do to keep your roof intact and looking great.

1. Visually Inspect

About twice a year (spring and fall are best), look up and inspect your roof from the ground. Look for the following:

  • Loose or missing shingles
  • Missing or exposed fasteners
  • Buckling, loose or missing flashing
  • Sagging gutters
  • Piles of shingle granules

2. Have Your Gutters Cleaned

When you have your roof inspected, also have them inspect your gutters for damage. You should also clean out your gutters a couple of times a year. If you know there’s a big storm on the way in, you definitely want to have those gutters cleaned out. If leaves or debris builds up, it can cause water to back up which can lead to rotting in your roof’s fascia and eaves.

3. Keep Any Trees Trimmed

If you have trees in your yard, have them trimmed and keep any dangerous branches at bay. One big South Carolina windstorm can send a branch right through your roof.

4. Watch for Moss or Algae

Keep overhanging branches trimmed back from your roof to avoid moss and algae buildup. You also want to make sure the attic is properly ventilated and keep debris off of your roof.

5. Re-Caulk If Needed

Your roof’s flashings won’t always hold their seal if a low-grade caulking was used during insulation. Give us a call if you think your roof may need to be re-caulked.

6. Check Your Insulation

Properly insulating and ventilating your attic is the key to keeping your roof in good shape, by reducing moisture.

That’s all there is to basic roof maintenance for homeowners with a standard shingled roof. Contact us at 803-244-9428 for any of the steps that you need assistance with! Our team has decades of experience and will take the time to educate you on routine maintenance to extend the roof’s lifespan.

Savvy Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal with Siding Maintenance

If you’re like most homeowners, you already know that curb appeal is an important component in successfully selling a home as well as personal enjoyment of the property — after all, no one enjoys coming home to a house with an unkempt appearance or having company over to a home with a shabby exterior. Fortunately, those with vinyl siding can keep their homes looking great with the right type of maintenance. Here’s what you need to know.

Keep Shrubbery Trimmed Back

Although vinyl is a tough, durable material that won’t rot due to water damage the same way that wood does, shrubbery and trees rubbing up against it are likely to develop scratches, minor cracks, punctures, and even discoloration that can severely decrease its aesthetic appeal. Keep yard vegetation trimmed back to prevent this from happening.

Keep it Clean

Giving your vinyl siding a thorough cleaning about once per year and spot-cleaning it the rest of the time helps keep your home exterior look pristine and attractive. All you need is a brush with stiff bristles and a bucket full of warm water mixed with a mild detergent. This activity also provides you with the chance to make sure all of your siding is firmly attached. 

Keep it Maintained

Storm damage and extreme South Carolina temperatures also cause holes, cracks, and other types of damage that not only presents an unsightly appearance, it creates conditions that make it possible for rodents to access your home interior as well as exposes your home to the elements. Having these damages repaired as quickly as possible prevents further damage and keeps your home exterior looking good. 

Please feel free to reach out to us at Premiere Roofing via our contact us page for more information about how we can preserve your home’s curb appeal. 

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