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7 Tips to Maintain Your Roof and Gutters

roof repairJohn F. Kennedy said, “The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.

Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the areas of your home you don’t see everyday, but that’s exactly when problems arise. Stay ahead of repairs by regularly inspecting them to avoid worse problems later.


The roof and gutters on your rental property can be easily neglected, but with a little proactive maintenance you can protect your rental and avoid costly repairs.

Maintenance Tips for Roof and Gutters

  1. Replace curling, buckling or cracking shingles
  2. Ensure no gaps in the flashing around skylights, vent pipes and chimneys
  3. Seal all seams and joints properly, and block small entry holes used by pests
  4. Ensure gutters are secured and sloped correctly for proper drainage to prevent standing waterroof repair
  5. Clean gutters and downspouts to prevent leakage and back-up
  6. Clear debris from roofline valleys and other build-up areas
  7. Trim branches near or overhanging the roof

NOW is a great time to inspect your roof and rain gutters on your rental property in preparation for the summer rainy season. Real Property Management Rental Direction can assist you in evaluating your roof to avoid problems so that you aren’t left with a major repair in the fall.

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  1. I’ve never thought about checking skylights, vents, and chimneys on your roof, but it does make sense. Repairing any problems as soon as you can will probably help prevent the problems from getting worse. I would imagine checking the underside of your roof for any damage will also help you find and fix any problems as soon as possible.

  2. Scott says:

    I appreciate that you recommend to trim branches near the roof. I can see why this would help prevent any accident from happening should it fall or break off. I have noticed that there are a couple branches in my front yard that hang slightly over the corner of the roof. I’ll have to hire someone to help cut that back to avoid it damaging my roof or gutter.

  3. John Mahoney says:

    I appreciate you talking about the importance of making sure your gutters are sloped properly so they drain water better. We are planning on replacing our gutters and want to make sure we know all there is to know beforehand to avoid mistakes. It is important to remember that employing the help of a professional can make this process easier and make sure it is done right.