4 Simple Ways To Protect Your RoofNov 16, 2017
The roof of your house is one of the most vital parts of the entire structure. While every part is important in its own way, the roof is truly indispensable. It protects the entire structure that is your house from precipitation, solar radiation, and the brute force of the wind. It is, therefore, in the best interest of homeowners to have their roofs functioning exemplary every day.
With this in mind, homeowners should consider taking proactive steps to negate any damage by protecting their roofs. Importantly, protecting the roof reduces the amount of money that property owners will have to spend in the form of repairs and replacement. Herein are 4 of the most efficient roof protection methods.
#1. Carry Out Regular Roof Maintenance – As part of regular maintenance, routinely run comprehensive checks to the entire roofing structure. Ideally, thorough roof checks should be performed in spring as well as in fall to ensure that the integrity of the house is in existence.
While conducting inspections, it is important to keep in mind the signs of roof damage, including warping, curling, physical damage to the shingles, algae growth, cracking, or any other tell-tale signs. Additionally, right after every storm, the roof should be inspected to ensure that it is still intact and in good working condition.
Appropriate roof maintenance and repairs should be done as soon as possible if there are signs of damage and or age-induced wear and tear.
#2. Clean Your Roof, Gutter, And Downspouts – Cleaning these bits may seem like a small matter. The truth is, having your roof, gutter, and downspouts litter-free is anything but trivial. Cleaning reduces the amount of restrictive material that can affect the flow of water from the roof, into the gutter and away from your house through the downspouts. Having restrictive materials (especially material from plants) in your gutters reduce the flow of water and will cause the accumulation of water. If the enough water accumulates during winter, it can lead to the formation of ice dams and icicles.
One of the best ways to prevent roof damage is to keep your roofing elements as litter-free as possible.
#3. Insulate Your Attic – Keeping your attic well insulated is not just a matter of improving energy efficiency but also a matter of safeguarding your roof. If your attic is poorly insulated, the warm and moist air will come into contact with the cold roof and cause condensation, which will, in turn, result in the formation of water which encourages the formation of mold and roof damage.
Additionally, it also encourages the formation of ice dams, by encouraging the melting of ice on the upper parts of the roof.
#4. Trim Overhanging Branches From Tall Trees – You should ensure that any overhanging branches are trimmed seasonally. The primary source of roof litter is the leaves and small branches that fall from trees. By trimming the trees, you negate the amount and rate of litter accumulation on your roof.
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