A home’s roof is so important that “a roof over your head” is a byword for shelter itself. Your roof protects from potential damage such as leaks, mold, pests and more. Neglecting this critical line of defense could lead to costly damage or the premature need for a pricey roof replacement. To help ensure you get the maximum protection and lifespan out of your roof, follow these important tips.
Make a habit of inspecting your roof from time to time, especially after a major storm, by walking around the property with a pair of binoculars to look for damage or deterioration to the shingles, flashing, gutters, downspouts and other elements.
Keep it clean
Ensure that your roof, gutters and downspouts are kept free of debris, soil or other substances that could trap moisture, invite pests or damage your roof in other ways.
Trim nearby trees
Trees that overhang your home can cause damage during storms or allow animals such as squirrels to access your roof, so consider pruning any branches that come within 10 feet of your home.
Remove black and green growth
Shade and excess moisture can cause mold, mildew, moss or algae to grow on some roofs, in which case an intervention such as a professional cleaning may be needed to cure these infestations and prevent damage.
Ensure that your home’s attic vents are in working condition and that your roof is properly insulated to prevent unnecessary wear and tear from temperature extremes.
Keep excess ice and snow at bay
If you have a home in a region with freezing winters, then you may need to occasionally remove extreme amounts of snow with a snow rake or melt any ice dams with road salt to prevent the risk of significant damage.
Regularly repair damage
If you do discover any damage to your roof, such as cracked or missing shingles, be prompt about making repairs so the problem doesn’t escalate.
By looking after your roof and swiftly resolving any issues that arise, this valuable structure may protect your home well for many years to come.
Inspecting, cleaning and repairing your roof can be involved and sometimes risky tasks. Be sure to carefully research these projects and follow the relevant safety precautions before proceeding, or hire a reputable roofing company to handle some or all of the work for you.
If your home needs a roof replacement or other significant renovation, get in touch to discuss your renovation financing options.