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A homeowner who takes good care of his or her roof protects the home investment by extending the life of the roof. Whether the roof is brand new or reaching the end of its usefulness, it's wise to perform a few basic maintenance tasks on a regular basis.

For example, an annual inspection will uncover minor problems. A homeowner may be able to do this himself, but a professional Sylvania roofing company will be able to notice even smaller details. Loose or missing shingles are easily fixable but can cause bigger problems if they are left untreated. Checking out the flashing around things like the chimney can also uncover minor leaks before they become bigger ones.

Gutters should be checked and cleaned regularly. If leaves or other debris builds up in the gutters, it prevents water from flowing. These pools of water can cause bigger damage, rotting the wood in that area and allowing mold to grow. Laying a gutter guard over the gutters can prevent some debris from getting stuck in the gutters, but it's still smart to do a periodic sweep.

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It's also a good idea to remove any debris on the roof, such as leaves, small sticks and other items that somehow get up there. A homeowner can usually do this using a broom with an expandable handle designed for the task.

Overhanging branches can cause significant damage if they fall onto the roof, so a smart homeowner will trim trees that are close to the roof. Done on an annual basis, it's likely to be only small twigs and branches that need to be removed, not large branches. If there are large branches, though, it may not be a DIY task. If there's a potential to cause major damage, it's wise to call in the professionals.

Finally, homeowners should look for small holes in the roof, especially those that might be along the edges. A quick inspection of the inside of the attic could show signs of leaking. If there aren't spots actively leaking water, a homeowner might notice patches of sunlight coming in where they shouldn't be. Repairing these holes is essential as squirrels and small birds can find them, expand them and use them as a way to enter the home.

Regular roof maintenance doesn't need to be expensive or take a long time. It just has to happen regularly in order to avoid major problems down the line.

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