10 Maintenance Tips and More
Unless your roof is leaking you probably never even think about your roof. Maybe you should. Remember, your roof is the most valuable component of the biggest investment in your life. Below are 10 things you should definitely know about your roof:
KEEP WATCH FOR ROOF ROT
Leaves, moss and algae can cause your roof to retain water and cause the rotting process to fast track. If left unchecked, the rotting shingles can let moisture into the home’s attic and cause damaging leaks.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO KEEP THE GUTTERS CLEAN
Clogged gutters can cause water to collect on the roof, promoting rot and mold. More importantly, if the gutters become weighed down with leaves and other debris they can be ripped from the roof causing more serious damage.
HOW TO KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR ROOF
We certainly don’t recommend climbing a ladder and getting on the roof to inspect yourself, but if you do here are some things to look for. Beware of wear around the chimney or the boots that surround the kitchen and bathroom ventilation pipes. Check for balding shingles or loose nails. These can all be warning signs that the roof needs some professional attention.
The lifespan of your roof is largely determined by the amount of insulation and ventilation you have. The better insulated your attic is, the less work it takes your heat pump and air conditioning to keep the temperature comfy in your home. The better ventilation on a roof the longer the shingles will last because it keeps the roof cooler.
HAVE A ROOF EVALUATION
Sometimes its time to call in the professionals. If you think your roof has problems or it has been many years since it was serviced call in a roofing contractor. They can give you an inspection and update you on the condition of the roof.
DO-IT-YOURSELF ROOF REPLACEMENT – WE URGE YOU TO THINK AGAIN
Are you a DIY type person? If so, you might be tempted to replace your own roof just to save a few bucks. Roof replacement or repair can be dangerous work. You could cause further damage to your roof or even worse, cause injury to yourself. It’s always best to call in the professionals.
AT SOME POINT THE ROOF WILL NEED TO BE REPLACED
We all know nothing lasts forever and roof systems are no exception. Most new roofs are designed to last for 20 years. Clay tiles and metal roofing are more expensive, but they offer better durability and endurance than traditional shingles.
ROOF REPAIRS ARE DEFINITELY A SMART INVESTMENT
If the roof fails because of lack of maintenance it can cause costly problems like structural damage, mold growth. Roof repairs are relatively affordable when compared to a total roof replacement.
IS THERE A WAY TO PLAN FOR FUTURE ROOFING COSTS?
Planning ahead and take some of the sting out of paying for expensive roof repairs. If you know when your roof was last replaced it’s easy to calculate future costs. First, subtract the number of years your roof has been in place from its life expectancy (20 years, in most cases). Then, find out what it will cost to have it replaced. Finally, divide that by the number of months you expect your current roof to last, and you’ll know how much to put away each month.
IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ROOFING CONTRACTOR
Before choosing a contractor to repair or replace the roof, you should always do your homework. Initially, ask your friends for recommendations, check the BBB ratings, and make sure any contractors you are interviewing have solid references and licensed and bonded. And most importantly, if a bid seems to good to be true then it probably is. It’s always better to pay a fair price for quality work, especially for your roof.
We hope these tips are useful. Follow them and your roof will keep you safe, sound and dry for years to come. Contact us for your next roof evaluation.