Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It protects you from the elements and keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The maintenance can be a little pricey, but I can’t stress more how important maintaining your roof is for the longevity of your entire house. Let’s take a look at some things to consider for the year-long maintenance of your roof.
Prevent Water Damage with Annual Tasks
Water damage can be one of the most challenging problems that homeowners face. It can be caused by a number of things, but a leaky roof is right at the top of the list of culprits. Of course, there are things to do that help prevent roof damage and leaks. Here is a short list to get you started:
Clean Your Gutters
Clogged gutters can cause water to back up and seep under your shingles, leading to leaks. So, it’s important to keep them clean.
Have roof inspected annually and after bad storms, hail, or fallen limbs
Ideally, at the least, you take a look at your roof at least once a year. But if you live in an area with severe weather conditions, you may need to inspect it more often. Look for any signs of damage, such as missing shingles or cracked tiles. If you or your partner don’t feel qualified to do this, make sure to call a pro.
Even if you think your roof is in good condition, it’s always a good idea to have a professional take a look at it every few years or so. They may be able to spot problems that you’ve missed.
Check the attic for leaks and mold
Sometimes leaks can go undetected for a long time, especially if you have an attic. Visit your attic several times a year to check for any problems. Additionally, good ventilation helps prevent heat and moisture build-up in your attic, which can lead to mold growth.
Trim trees that are close to your home
Overhanging branches can damage your roof if they fall during a storm. Take care of any low-hanging limbs as soon as possible.
Replace the roof or sections as needed. Make prompt repairs.
If you do find damage, don’t wait to get it fixed. The longer you wait, the worse the problem will become. If you’ve sustained damage from a storm, do what you can to cover it until a professional can get there. Then, consider using RIW toughseal in the process of maintaining your roof to ensure it’s sealed watertight.
Avoid Expensive Repairs
Another reason why roof maintenance is so important is that it can help you avoid expensive repairs to the exterior and interior of your home. If you catch a problem early, you may be able to fix it yourself or hire a professional to do the repairs for much less than it would cost to replace your entire roof.
I hope none of you ever have to deal with a flooded home caused by a roof leak. The damage can be so extensive that you can’t even live there for weeks or months. That’s not even counting the danger and damage that mold can present.
Avoid Premature Replacement
Even if you take good care of your roof, it will eventually need to be replaced. The average lifespan of an asphalt shingle roof is about 20 years. If your roof is nearing the end of its life, it’s time to start thinking about replacement.
Roof maintenance may seem like a lot of work, but it’s worth it to keep your roof in good condition. By taking care of your roof, you can avoid expensive repairs and water damage. So, be sure to add roof maintenance to your home maintenance checklist.