Replacing a roof is a costly venture. You can end up spending more than $10,000, depending on the size of your home. If your property finds itself in the eye of a hurricane, you might have no choice but to replace your roof. However, you can prevent some problems and make your roof last longer by giving your roof some routine attention. A roof is “out of sight, out of mind” for many homeowners until they discover they can’t ignore the problems that have developed over time. Rather than find yourself in such a situation, do these three things to take better care of your roof.
Frequently Check for Damage
Small problems become bigger in the absence of an immediate fix. Not checking on a roof for damage may delay a repair until the condition of the roof worsens to a horrible state. Investing in an annual roof inspection is worth it. Roofing contractors provide this service for a reasonable fee. You can even ask the roofer how you can perform spot checks yourself. Make sure to check the roof after extreme weather. Heavy snow, hail or wind could wreck a roof.
Be Careful What You Install
Many items that enhance your life at home are placed on the roof. Installing a satellite dish or antenna adds to your television watching experience. However, it’s important that the installation process for these and other items is done right. Solar panels can be good for your home for a number of reasons, but that doesn’t mean they can be thrown onto your roof willy-nilly without a thought to the damage installation may cause your roof.
Only hire the best contractors for installation work. You don’t want someone inflicting unnecessary damage to the roof or causing structural damage. For example, if flashing isn’t properly installed around all openings, you’ll be facing some serious roof leaks when it rains.
Clean the Roof
Don’t allow dirt and debris to pile up on the roof or in the gutters. An extensive collection of leaves might make it difficult for water to drain out. During winter weather, all that water could turn into a massive block of ice. Expanding ice can lead to loose shingles and nails, and there’s likely going to be a leak. Have the roof cleaned periodically. Perhaps you could have the roof inspection performed during the cleaning.
A roof protects your home, so do your part and protect the roof. Otherwise, the roof can’t do its job.