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Many homeowners neglect the roof
and only pay attention to it when it is obvious that something is wrong. At
that time it might be little too late to start worrying about the roof and that
is why you should inspect the roof every six months. Besides regular
inspections, you should upgrade or repair a few things from time to time and
make sure that everything above your heads is alright. 

Inspection and Maintenance

A good time for inspecting the
roof is while cleaning the gutters. While you’re at it, you should look for any
missing or damaged shingles. Due to harsh weather, shingles can wear out, tear,
break or curl and cause more trouble in future. Also, you should check if there
are any algae or fungus and get rid of them. Don’t forget to check the metal
parts for any rust and inspect the flashing to make sure it is solid. If there
are any cracks, make sure you fill them with caulking or mortar.

Additionally, you should cover a
few maintenance issues. This includes sweeping or blowing off any debris, such
as sticks or leaves, since they could damage the shingles or encourage growth
of fungi or algae
. Trim any branches that hang over your roof in order to
prevent any damage and deny squirrels and raccoons easy access to your home.
Also, you should always remove snow from the roof, but do it carefully, so its
weight doesn’t collapse the whole roof.

Repairs

There will be times when the roof
repairs are inevitable. However, it is always better to notice the problem on
time and fix it than to be sorry later. If there are any leaks on your roof,
you need to assess them fast. Some leaks are easily fixable with some DIY
experience and basic tools, but for some you will need an expert to help you.
Leaks are usually caused by faulty shingles or broken gutters, and these can
even cause multiple leaks along the walls, framing and overall roof surface. The
pros behind Sydney Wide
Metal Roofing
 can help you repair the roof surface and gutters and
thus stop any major leaks inside and alongside your home. 
It might also happen that a bad
storm has damaged a shingle or two on your roof. In order to prevent any
further damage, you should assess this issue right away. A very quick fix for
this is a tube of roofing cement and aluminum flashing. Cut the flashing and
loosen the tabs. Apply two or three beads of cement beneath the shingle and
slip the flashing underneath. Add a bit more cement on top of the flashing and
press the tab down so it would adhere to the roof. 
If you have wooden shingles, they
might split or break so you will need to replace them. If that
happens, you should use a chisel and a hammer and split the broken shingle into
narrower pieces and yank it out carefully. Cut the nails that held the removed
shingle in place and use utility knife to trim and adjust the size of the new
shingle. Slide it in and drive in two cedar shingle nails below the edge of the
shingle above. Tap the new shingle in with a hammer and you’re done. 
It’s one thing to build a roof
over your head, but it’s completely another to keep it there. Don’t ignore your
roof, because even a minor leak or a damaged shingle can cause so much
unnecessary fuss and trouble in the future. Pay attention to these few
maintenance tips and repairs; you can even rely on professionals to help you
keep your roof intact, but some of these are easy to manage by yourself.