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The roof is a critical part of the home, and it is crucial for homeowners to maintain their roof to preserve not only residents' safety but the structural integrity of the home as well. One of the most important roof maintenance tasks is to thoroughly clean out all gutters, regardless of the gutter type and including box gutters and downspouts, a project that should be done at least twice a year. The changing of the seasons is the perfect reminder that it is time for gutters to be cleaned. Homeowners should clean them once after the leaves have fallen and once after the leaves have bloomed. If the home is in a woodsy area, gutters may need extra attention throughout the year as they are more prone to filling and clogging.

A home's roof is only as strong as its weakest shingle, so it's important for owners to inspect the roof for damage after every major storm. Roofs are most vulnerable at these points: chimneys, vent pipes and skylights. Owners that are unsure about performing the inspection themselves should call on a Fort Worth roofing team to perform the job.

The roofing experts at Total roofing of Fort Worth TX can answer questions about residential roofing or emergency repairs.

Homes must be inspected every year to make sure their flashing and sealants haven't corroded or otherwise deteriorated. While shingles may last for decades, flashing and sealants typically wear out within three years. Depending on the type of sealant used, some sealants need to be touched up annually. When this happens, rain and moisture can seep in and cause damage such as mold, rotting and deterioration.

If a house has been through a major storm, strong winds can blow shingles away and hail can crack or dislodge protective features. It is important to address damaged shingles immediately as shingles that aren't replaced right away can leave the entire roof vulnerable to further damage. Missing or broken shingles can quickly develop into an even bigger problem.

Homeowners often give little thought to their roof until a major problem occurs, leading to a large and costly repair; don't fall into this trap. Owners should always have an experienced roofing professional "walk the roof" at least once a year to check its integrity. If the roof is spongy, it could be a sign that the decking has deteriorated and the roof needs to be replaced. If any moss or lichen is growing, homeowners will need to remove anything that has taken hold, and replace the shingles that have been affected.

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