Anyone who’s ever had to replace a roof could tell you how costly and painful that procedure actually is. If you don’t know anyone who had to go through that, then let us break it to you – you don’t want it to happen to you.
So, if you don’t ever want to find out how it feels to have a roofing contractor tearing down your shingles, then you should definitely have to do something to prevent it. Something like what? Like these 4 routines to keep your roof in top shape for decades!
Stick to a maintenance routine
Taking regular care of things (from tech to toys) has proven to be the most effective way to extend their lifespan, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that this obvious trick will also work on your roof. They key to maximize its effect is to be found in the ‘regular’ part. In other words, you should follow a maintenance schedule throughout the year for your roof to be prepared for the rainy seasons.
If you’re wondering how frequently you should be following this routine, then you should know that doing some basic maintenance on spring and fall should be enough. Now, what should you be doing, anyway? Removing moss, cleaning the gutters and getting rid of any debris you find. While you are at it, you should look for damage and cracks that could end up being a major issue for you in the future.
Spend some money on prevention
There are two possible scenarios when it comes to your roof. Either you spend some money now to make it stronger and more solid, or you wait for it to break down and throw (more) money away to repair it. It’s your call, but we’d go with the first option if we were you. There are several investments you can make to prevent damage to your roof.
The first thing you should do is insulate your roof. With that, you’ll prevent vapor from creeping into the underside of your roof and making a tiny yet constant damage every day. A single layer of insulation should be enough for that – and if you combine that with the proper ventilation, you won’t have to worry about vapor at all. Install vents if you need them and remember to keep them clean for optimal performance.
Finally, it’s worth remembering that you should keep an eye on trees and nearby plants that might break and fall over your roof. Better be safe than sorry – if a branch is getting too close and doesn’t seem strong enough, just cut it.
Make early assessments
Like it happens when dealing with diseases, catching potential problems with your roof early on can make a world of difference. Remember that we said above that you should be looking for cracks and damage when cleaning your roof? Well, that’s basically it. Of course, you shouldn’t leave those inspections for spring and fall. Regular here means ‘on a monthly basis’, since that frequency will give you the proper anticipation to catch problems in time.
Aside from cracks, you should be looking for loose shingles, damage to vents, gutter clogs, moss growth, sagging and pooling, and wet spots on any area of the roof. Pay attention and take your time. Most of these issues start off as minor things and grow to become an incredible pain. Be sure to make these inspection from the inside and the outside to get the full picture!
Find trusty expert
Finally, something that most people neglect but that will serve you big time in case you run into some issue in the future – find a reliable roofing contractor in your area. Ask for recommendations from friends, read online reviews, check video testimonials and get all the information you can get on your prospects. After that, talk to the professional and bring him to your home to inspect your roof.
The idea behind this? To have someone in your agenda that can help you in an emergency, someone you can trust that already knows you and your home. Besides, getting a professional opinion on a yearly basis can cost you way less than calling him when a storm has taken half of your roof off.
As you can see, the secret to an everlasting roof is constant maintenance and vigilance. The roof you already have in your home can last for as long as you live in your home, provided you religiously follow these routines and act when you need to.
Posted September 13, 2016
by Gabriel Posternak.