Roofing Maintenance Tips for Homeowners
It can be very easy to ignore your roof – you know it’s there, and it is vital component of shelter for your possessions and family, but we’re often not aware of roof problems until things have deteriorated to the point where damage is visible inside. Add to that the fact that roofs are generally built to last 20 years or more, and it comes as no surprise that many homeowners have an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach to roof care. So, with that in mind, we’re here to tell you how important regular roofing maintenance is to ensure the integrity of your roof for the duration of its lifespan. These roofing maintenance tips for homeowners are basic DIY suggestions that contribute to keeping your roof healthy.
From the Beginning and to the End
If you are a new homeowner or considering purchasing a home, make sure that you invest in a thorough roof inspection – ideally with a professional roofer. Roof replacement is a costly endeavour and it’s better to anticipate these costs than be surprised after you close the deal. Additionally, as a homeowner, annual (or ideally biannual) roof inspections are the best way to identify minor problems before they become major catastrophes. Your roofer can make minor repairs that ultimately ensure your roof is in good condition throughout its lifespan.
Trees and Leaves
Now, when it comes to the day to day tasks that a homeowner can likely manage, one of the most important is taking care of trees, leaves, and debris. Large trees with overhanging branches should be trimmed to prevent damage to your roof. Broken, falling branches can damage roof structures but also contribute to added moisture and ultimately moss or mould growth on the roof which can also damage structures. Additionally, keeping your gutters clear of leaves and other debris allows for adequate water run-off to prevent roof damage and eventual leaks.
The Attic Doesn’t Lie
Particularly after stormy weather or a long, wet winter, your attic should be the first place you check for signs of leaks as this is where leaks will develop first. You can also do a quick visual inspection yourself of the exterior of your roof and look for signs of damaged shingles. Another easy check for damage is the colour of your roof – if you notice variability in the colour of your shingles, this may be a sign that some structures are damaged. Mould, algae, moss, and fungus can grow on roofing structures and this will almost always eventually lead to rot.
Trust your Roofer
Finally, when it comes to roofing maintenance, repair, and replacement, working with a qualified roofer is always the best approach. Establish a lasting relationship with a reputable roofer and your roof and bank account will thank you!