Few things are more important to the safety and well-being of your house than roof maintenance. Maintaining your roof effectively is the key to physical safety, weather protection, and maintaining the value of your home.
And failure to maintain your roof can have dire consequences. A poorly-maintained roof can lead to safety issues and weather damage within your home, and it can also force you to pay for expensive repairs or even a full replacement.
Fortunately, roof maintenance isn’t that hard to do. It just takes a few basic safeguards, and what follows is an overview of these basics.
The first step is inspection. Your roof needs to be free of debris, and the “field” of the roof (i.e., the surface) should be examined for ongoing wear and tear, especially after severe storms.
Stains on the roof can indicate the water may be seeping into your home, and moss and debris should be quickly removed. If the shingles show signs of curling or chipping, they should be replaced as well.
Gutters and downspouts should also be looked at for similar wear and tear to prevent damaging leaks that can lead to more severe problems. Any debris should be cleaned and removed to make sure water can flow freely, and these parts of the roof should be cleaned as necessary.
Record keeping is also an important part of roof maintenance. The results of each inspection should be recorded, along with any necessary procedures that are performed. Taking photographs should be part of this as well so that repair companies have a record of the original condition of the roof along with whatever fixes were performed.
If your roof has a chimney, a skylight, or multiple vents, these need to be carefully maintained as well. A simple examination will go a long way toward revealing necessary repairs, and performing these repairs promptly and thoroughly will extend the life of your roof.
The good news about roof maintenance is that most of its not that hard, and it doesn’t have to be done that often. Conducting an examination twice a year will help you identify any emerging problems, and seasonal inspection will allow you to pinpoint any storm damage.
The small amount of time invested will pay off when it comes to the value of your home, and it will help a great deal with your peace of mind as well.