When Was Your Last Roof Inspection?
Roof Maintenance is essential to keeping a safe and functioning home. Since your roof covers and protects your entire home, it suffers some of the worse wear and tear over long periods of time. Even seemingly small problems with your roof left untreated could possibly spell disaster. Replacing your roof is second in cost only to your home itself. Therefore, having a simple and inexpensive roof inspection twice yearly, should be on top of every home owner’s list. As regular, simple, routine maintenance can make years, even a decades worth of difference for your roof. It is truly important to understand how to protect your investment by maintaining it and preventing damage that can severely affect your budget. This article will discuss some tips on how to protect and maintain your roof and tips on replacing it that will benefit your home and budget greatly over the long run of home ownership.
It is imperative that you inspect your roof at least twice a year during the spring and fall seasons, and to also do so after every storm. Use a pair of binoculars to spot check your roof to ensure that shingles are not missing. which leads to leaks in the future. Be careful not to walk on the roof itself as this could unwittingly cause damage to the surface. If you must walk upon it, be sure to wear rubber-soled shoes and take any safety precautions to protect yourself. These spot checks will help you stay aware of small issues before they become major problems.
If you find there are missing or broken shingles, tiles or shakes, you should promptly replace them to ensure that problems such as water leaks, rotting, mold and mildew do not arise creating additional damage and safety concerns. Weak spots allow natural elements a place for entry further into your roof causing the protective material to loosen.
Trees are some of the main culprits of roof damage. Branches touching your roof even slightly causes unnecessary wear and tear over time. It is very important to keep them trimmed and away from direct contact with the roof. Falling branches can create holes whether just in a few shingles and other roofing materials or possibly even a hole in your roof. Falling leaves from the nearby trees can clog and back up gutters and downspouts, as well as pile up in the valleys of your roof. Make sure to trim the trees surrounding your roof to prevent this kind sort damage.
Additionally, it is important to remove all debris found on your roof. This is especially important after storms and turbulent weather. Clear the roof and gutters of leaves, branches, and dirt accumulation.
Ideally, you should have your gutters cleaned out at minimum twice a year. Clogged gutters may cause damage to your roof in countless ways. Such as moisture damage to your wood fascia board, the bottom edge of your shingles, and even ultimately cause you to replace your roof, to name a few. Dirt accumulation can hold moisture which could eventually cause mold to eat away at the material of your roof. It is imperative to maintain cleanliness in this area.
Is It Time For Replacement?…..
Replacing your roof is something you’ll eventually have to do as a home owner. However, lets keep in mind, the longevity of your roof’s life relies heavily upon how it is taken care of. Therefore, having a twice yearly roof inspection can actually save you tens of thousands of dollars in the long run. Typically the lifespan for a roof is 20-40 years,…… IF CARED FOR PROPERLY. You can’t care for your roof if you don’t know whats going on up there. This is why routine roof inspection is of the highest home maintenance importance.
If your home has gutters and downspouts, keep them clean and clear of debris, so they can function properly. Do not put off gutter replacement if during your roof inspection you notice any of the following, cracks, holes, or rust spots, sagging, separation from your home, as well as if they overflow and no clog can be located.
Do not hesitate to contact Rain-Go Exteriors for help with performing your roof inspection.
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