For many homeowners, the roof of the house is out of sight, out of mind. As long as the roof seems to be in relatively good condition, with no apparent issues, there’s no reason to spend any time or money on it, right? Unfortunately, that is not the case. In order to ensure that the roof is in good condition, and to keep it that way, there’s some roof maintenance work that needs to be done on a consistent basis. This is especially true after a storm or weather event, such as the hail that hit many Minneapolis-St. Paul area homes back in June.
Experts recommend performing a brief inspection of the roof every spring and fall. It’s possible to do this on your own, but it may be a good idea to enlist the help of a professional, both for safety and quality purposes. If you’re working on your own, we offer roofing supplies equipment, ladders and other tools for rent – visit our Minneapolis equipment rental catalog to learn more.
When inspecting the roof, look for debris such as leaves, twigs or branches, and dirt. Not only can these items harm your roof, but they can cause moisture to build up, leading to algae or mold. If algae is present, there are cleaning products specifically designed to clean it off. Prevent algae with zinc strips, which are activated when it rains.
Check your roof for holes, loose shingles or other obvious signs of damage, paying close attention to the areas around your pipes and chimney. Make sure the weatherproofing is in good shape – check for missing parts, rust or other damage.
If your roof is dirty or covered with debris, it may be tempting to power wash it. But experts don’t advise that, as the pressure from the power washer can damage the roof.
Did your roof suffer damage in the June storms? Do you need to perform any additional roof maintenance work? If so, our Minneapolis rental equipment warehouse has the tools you need to get your roof back in shape. Check out the full selection in our online catalog, and give our MN equipment rental experts a call at 763-533-1680 to discuss your next steps.