As a homeowner, you want to make sure you work diligently to keep your home in the best shape possible. Your roof is a very important part of your home and something you should make sure to maintain properly. Learn how to prevent roofing trouble by following the tips in this article.

Keep it free of pests

Look under the eaves and around any edges of the roof to make sure you don't see signs of pests nesting. You may see leaves, twigs and other material in places they shouldn't be, which is a sign you should get someone out to get rid of pests before they cause damage to your roof.

Keep your roof clean

If you notice there is an area on your roof that has debris collecting on it, you want to make sure to clear the debris. Leaving it on the roof for a prolonged length of time can lead to algae and/or mold growth, which can lead to repair issues. To clean your roof, you can use a solution available at hardware stores. On a day with good weather, spray a bit of water on first, followed by the solution. Allow the solution to set for a few minutes, and then rinse it off. This will clean the roof while removing any algae or mold already developing.

Remove troublesome branches

You don't want to have branches hanging over onto your roof, as they can scrape the roof and damage it. Even branches that don't touch the roof can cause damage to it during a storm. Branches that touch the roof pose a risk to the roof by allowing a constant build-up of moisture to remain on the roof.

Keep your gutters clean

Make sure your gutters are free of leaves, twigs and other debris. Check for signs of rust. If you see rust, remove it with a stiff wire brush and paint that area of the rain gutter with a clear primer to keep more rust from developing.

By following the simple tips described in this article, you will decrease the chances that you will have to deal with roofing issues. However, if you do find your roof is in need of repairs, you want to act fast so you can avoid larger repairs.  Unless you have some knowledge on repairing a roof, it's best to look for a professional roofing company in your area.

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