Neglected roof repairs are some of the most expensive mistakes a homeowner can make. But they are just as easily preventable.
Here are 6 tips for preventing damage to your roof and addressing small issues before they become big problems.
1. Regularly inspect your roof.
Each year, before and after winter/storm season, it’s important to thoroughly examine your roof. If you aren’t comfortable with getting onto your roof, call a professional who has the experience and equipment to inspect your roof meticulously and safely.
If you choose to do it yourself, check for sagging, damaged or missing shingles, algae growth, insect/animal activity and leaking light or liquid in your attic. All of these are red flags for immediate repair by you or a professional.
2. Clean your gutters.
*Collective groan* No one wants to do clean their gutters. It’s time consuming, messy and involves being on a ladder. But allowing your roof to properly dispel water prevents greater issues like water saturation and leaks that lead to rotting wood and the development of mold.
While you’re up there, check that the fascia (the board that your gutter is attached to) hasn’t been damaged by water, wind, insects or animals. It’s an easy way for water to creep into your home.
3. Trim your trees.
Some limbs can get too close for comfort. If part of a tree is almost touching or resting on your roof, that’s cause for major concern. During storms, limbs can swing several feet or fall due to high winds. If you don’t end up with a hole in your roof, you’ll probably lose a few shingles.
Trimming your trees also discourages animals from getting into chimneys, wall, vents, etc.
4. Clear snow.
A light to medium layer of snow can make your house look like a winter wonderland. But a foot or more of heavy, packed snow can cause your roof to collapse. Monitor the state of your roof after a heavy snowfall.
If the amount of snow is concerning, use a roof rake to remove it before it has the chance to create any major issues.
5. Remove debris.
Though they may seem insignificant, leaves, sticks and small limbs, can trap water, encourage algae growth and damage shingles. Using a roof rake or telescoping pole to remove them is a simple solution.
6. Inspect and repair seals, joints, and flashing.
Seals, joints, and flashing are the most common places for leaks. Dried or loose sealant and punctures are signs of vulnerability. Don’t ignore them.
Extending the life of your roof comes down to taking immediate action once you identify a problem. Keep an eye on your gutters, trees, snow, and debris and you’ll have prevented a slew of issues.
It is important that you or a professional inspect your roof at least annually (preferably twice, in both the fall and spring) to ensure that any damage unapparent from the ground or the untrained eye is tended to immediately.
If you don’t feel qualified or safe performing a thorough inspection, give us a call!