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A roof gets more abuse from the elements than any other part of a home, so preventative maintenance is essential to make sure it lasts as long as possible. Minor damage can quickly become so bad that roofs have to be replaced. Homeowners should inspect their roofs at least twice per year to catch problems before they spread. It's also important to look for potential damage after severe storms. Experienced Mattoon roofing professionals can save homeowners time by taking care of this chore and other roof maintenance.

Debris like leaves and branches should be cleaned from all types of roofs as well as gutters. Homeowners should also check behind air conditioning units, pipes, pitch pans and other roof penetrations. Make sure that the gutter downspouts are draining properly by testing them with water, and trim back overhanging tree limbs to prevent damage from falling branches in a storm. This also cuts down on the number of leaves that end up on the roof and in the gutters. In addition, it keeps squirrels, raccoons and other pests from gaining easy access to the roof.

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There, they could leave their droppings, scratch the roof surface with their claws or even make a nest in the attic.

Debris has a tendency to hold water, and enough standing water on a roof can cause it to sag and eventually collapse. It can also contribute to rot, mold, mildew, algae and even moss. Algae looks like unsightly black streaks on a roof. Mold and mildew are caused by leaks in the roof, and they can grow inside homes. The most common sign is a musty smell, and mold causes severe health problems for some people. Homeowners can have their roofs pressure washed to take care of moss or algae growth, and then they can install lead or zinc control strips along the hips and ridges if the roof to prevent it in the future. People should also check the mortar on chimneys and parapet walls, both in between the brick and on top. If it's damaged or deteriorated, it should be repaired by a mason.

Homeowners with asphalt roofs should replace any damaged shingles and apply a small amount of roof cement under any loose shingle tabs. Damaged shingles are curled at the edges, cracked or worn. If there are lots of damaged shingles or any sagging spots in the roof, it may be time to replace all or part of it.

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