Having an all-around roof maintenance plan is a simple and cost-effective way of preventing unnecessary headaches, stress, and unplanned residential roof repairs. Below are three easy steps you can take to put an effective roof maintenance plan into action:
Know Your Roof
The first step is to get acquainted with the shape of your room. Don’t wait until your roof is in serious damage before you decide to take action. You should be proactive to identify and anticipate problems before they occur. This will save you a lot of money in form of unplanned costly maintenance fees and even extend the lifespan of your roof.
You should regularly go around your house perimeter making visual scans of your roof, you may use binoculars if necessary. Look out for issues such as patches and cracks, loose or missing edges, curled or broken asphalt and wood shingles, leaky or saggy gutters, dark patches, damaged or misaligned tiles, or deteriorated flashing. You may also consider hiring an experienced roofer to periodically inspect your roof to identify signs of problems you may have missed.
Clean Your Roof
This sounds like simple advice but many people ignore this critical task of roof maintenance. Make sure that debris such as leaves, branches, twigs, and pine needles is not allowed to accumulate on top of your roof. Stagnant debris on your roof provides a damp and conducive environment for moss and lichen to thrive, these damages your roof in the long run.
When winter comes around, it is crucial for you to get rid of the heavy snow load on your roof and clean up the gutters. Heavy snow on your roof may cause structural damage or even collapse and clogged gutters lead to roof rot.
Have Ample Ventilation and Insulation in Your Attic
A poorly ventilated or insulated attic may cause decking damage and premature aging of the roofing material. Having ample attic ventilation and insulation has a three-fold benefit:
- You will generally have less trouble taking care of your roof and you will be protected against costly damage.
- It prevents ice dams from forming. Ice dams occur when the ice melts and refreezes at your roof’s edge, causing freezing of underneath shingles.
- Reduces your cooling costs in summer and keeps you comfortable during winter.
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