Neglecting roof repairs are some of the most expensive mistakes a homeowner can make. But with the right roofing components, they are just as easily preventable. Posted below are some of the helpful tips for preventing damage to your roof and addressing small issues before they become big problems in your home.
Inspect the Roof Regularly
Every year, before the next winter/storm season, your roof needs to be thoroughly inspected. If you are unfamiliar with walking on your roof, then call a professional who has the experience and equipment to safely and thoroughly inspect your roof. In case you decide to do it yourself, look in the attic for cracks, damage or missing shingles, algae growth, insect/animal activity, and runoff or lighter fluid.
Any of these are red flags for immediate repair by a professional. By inspecting the roof regularly, you will be ensure that your home will be free of further damages in the future.
Clean the Gutters
Since it’s time consuming, messy, and involves being on a ladder, no one wants to do clean their gutters. But allowing your roof to properly dispel water prevents greater issues like water saturation and leaks that lead to rotting wood and the development of mold. While you’re up there, check that the fascia (the board that your gutter is attached to) hasn’t been damaged by water, wind, insects or animals. It’s an easy way for water to creep into your home. If you find cleaning the gutters necessary, then consider trimming the branches of nearby trees as well since it could add, not only dirt’s, but also damages to the gutter.
Repair Seals, Joints, and Flashing
Seals, joints, and flashing are the most common places for leaks. Dried or loose sealant and punctures are signs of vulnerability. Don’t ignore them since it is the ideal way to get water leaks into your residence. Evaluating the life of your roof comes down to taking immediate action as soon as a problem is detected. Keep an eye out for gutters, trees, snow and debris and you will likely have avoided several problems.
You or a professional must inspect your roof at least once a year (preferably twice, in the spring and fall) to make sure that injuries not visible from the ground or with the naked eye are immediately tended for repair.