Interested in learning how to make your roof last for many years to come? The best thing you can do is stay proactive with your roof maintenance. Rather than waiting for a problem to arise, you should regularly inspect your roof and make sure you’re taking good care of it to prevent large, expensive problems from arising.
By staying on top of your roof maintenance, you’ll save money in the long run because you’ll be able to put off having to undergo a large-scale, expensive roof replacement.
Here are a few tips for you to follow.
Actively maintain your roof
A couple times a year, you should conduct an inspection of your roof. It’s a good idea to do this once at the beginning of fall, and once at the beginning of spring.
If you feel safe doing so, get up on top of your roof, sweep the surface clear of any loose debris, clear away buildup in the gutters and downspouts and wash off any areas where moss appears to be growing. If you see any signs of disrepair or of water getting into the structure of the roof, you should make it a point to get a professional out as soon as possible to remedy the problem.
Employ preventative measures
There are preventative steps you can take to keep your roof in good shape and avoid major repairs.
In the attic, make sure you have sufficient insulation to stabilize the interior temperature and prevent vapor from pooling underneath the roof. Not only will this help you keep the roof in good condition, but it will also help you save on your monthly heating and cooling expenses.
You should also make sure you have proper ventilation. This will help you prevent moisture from building up in the rafters and sheathing. Attic vents should be clear of debris, with screens installed to prevent animals from nesting.
If you have trees hanging over the roof, trim them back as much as possible to avoid debris or branches falling onto your roof.
Take action when you notice problems
The best thing you can do to avoid major repairs is to find and fix small problems before they turn into large ones. There are specific issues you should keep a careful eye out for, including sagging, patches, cracks, missing or damaged shingles, damaged or loose material around vents or chimneys, shingle granules falling off, buildups of debris, algae or moss growth, wet spots on the ceilings in your home and gutters or downspouts detaching from the roof.
Get professional assistance
Finally, it’s helpful to have an established relationship with a roofing professional so if something does go wrong, you have a company you can call for quick assistance without having to research professionals in your area. Sure, it’s theoretically less expensive to DIY a roofing project (or any type of home improvement work), but roofers are qualified and knowledgeable, and will be guaranteed to get the project done correctly and safely the first time, saving you money in the long run.
For more information about taking care of your roof and extending its lifespan, contact the team at Metro Contractors Inc. today.
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