Residential Roofing Maintenance Services

Your roof and gutters are valuable assets and as such should be properly maintained. Although some roof and gutter systems take less maintenance than others, all roof and gutters should be checked periodically to be sure that they are free of debris and drains are clear. Most manufacturers require bi-annual roof inspections and corresponding documentation to maintain the roof's warranty; this can be performed by the homeowner, but because of safety concerns it is usually preferable to hire a roofing contractor to perform the inspection. For homeowners interested in getting on an automatic inspection and gutter cleaning schedule, please check out our Hassle Free Maintenance service.

This section will provide some general guidelines on what to look for to help keep your roof and gutters in good working condition for as long as possible and to keep your Warranty in full force and effect.

Shingles: asphalt, slate, and cedar shake
Low Slope: modified bitumen and single-ply systems
Gutters and Downspouts - Recommended Gutter Cleaning Schedule

Roof Maintenance

Asphalt, Slate, and Cedar Shake Sloped Shingle Roofs

  • Clean all debris from the surface of the roof. This includes debris that has gathered behind skylights, valleys, pipes and any other roof penetrations
  • Check vents or fans for functionality
  • Check all sealants and flashings to make sure that they are not deteriorated and need resealing
  • Check all mortar on chimneys and parapet walls, both in between the brick and on top
  • Asphalt shingles: check for damaged, missing, or torn shingles
  • Slate shingles: check for cracked, missing, or broken slate
  • Cedar shake shingles: check for split, missing, or split shake
  • Check skylights for signs of condensation between panes and integrity of the frame
  • Trim back any overhanging tree limbs to prevent damage to the roof from fallen branches
  • Inspect entire roof surface for possible damage caused by wind, trees or vermin
     

Low Slope Roof Systems

  • Clean all debris from the surface of the roof. This includes debris that has gathered around drains, behind skylights, pipes and any other roof penetrations.
  • Check the condition of any roof coatings to make sure there is no excessive peeling or flaking.
  • If your roof has a gravel surfacing check to make sure no bare spots present
  • Check all sealants and flashings to make sure that they are not deteriorated and need resealing
  • Check the edge metal to make sure it isn't separating at the seams
  • Check all mortar on chimneys and parapet walls, both in between the brick and on top
  • Check for signs of ponding water, blisters or loose seams on the roof
  • Check skylights for signs of condensation between panes and integrity of the frame
  • Trim back any overhanging tree limbs to prevent damage to the roof from fallen branches.
  • Water test any drains twice per year - Once in the spring and once in the fall
  • Inspect entire roof surface for possible damage caused by wind, trees or vermin
     

Gutter Maintenance

Gutters and Downspouts

  • Check to make sure the gutter system is cleaned out: clear gutters are imperative to making sure that they are draining correctly and do not hold debris or cause roof leaks. Gutters should be cleaned at least twice yearly in the fall and spring, or more on an as-needed basis
  • Check for pooling water or otherwise not draining properly in any section
  • Check for sagging or pulling away gutters or downspouts
  • Check holes & cracks in the gutters or downspouts
  • Check and make sure all seams and connections are secure: Check to make sure that all the connections, where gutter lengths are connected, gutter meets downspout, or sections of downspout, are fastened together tightly. Check for broken or missing rivets and screws
  • Inspect entire gutter system for possible damage caused by wind, trees or vermin
     

Gutter Cleaning Schedule

Below you will find our recommended annual gutter cleaning schedule. Please keep in mind your home may need more frequent service and that modifications to timing are made each year due to changing weather patterns.

  • Spring (late February through end of April): to rid your gutters of accumulated winter debris. This includes tender tree foliage which is blown off the trees along with blossoms and pollen strings which clog your gutters providing a perfect breeding ground for mosquito larva.
  • Mid to late summer (July through August): despite the fact that most leaves are firmly attached to the trees, some still come down and end up in the gutters. Thunderstorms, strong winds and drought, all contribute to large accumulations of leaves, sticks and debris in gutters during this time.
  • Early fall (September through mid-October): at this time of year, leaves quickly accumulate in your gutters. Their sheer volume requires the gutters to be cleaned.
  • Late fall (late October through the end of November): when most leaves are off the trees. This gutter cleaning is a balancing act of waiting for most leaves to be off the trees but not waiting too long so that all gutters freeze with the leaves in them.

 

 

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