Real estate is a big investment, and a part of that investment is renovation. The best case scenario is to do it once, and then fix small things when necessary. In-house minor repairs are inevitable and even though they cause inconvenience and require extra time and effort, you can deal with them. But when it comes to the roof, you want to make sure that it serves you as long as possible without needing repairs, let alone a full roof replacement.
Time and weather conditions can impact your roof and result in a need for repairs, but you can be proactive and with our maintenance tips prevent roof problems, big and small. So, without further ado let’s discuss how you can maintain the good condition of your roof.
Clean it regularly
Cleaning your roof might sound like extra effort, but in the long run, it will definitely save you lots of time and energy. Especially over fall and winter, a lot of dirt, leaves, and debris can gather on your roof. Don’t attempt to clean your roof on a snowy winter day or during a rainy fall afternoon. Wait for a nice sunny day before you go up to the roof.
There are also special service companies you can hire that will clean your roof from the snow. It is an additional expense, but it can spare you interior leaking or a subsequent renovation.
Do your own inspection
You don’t necessarily have to hire a group of professionals for a detailed inspection to find out that your roof has a problem. You on your own can detect basic problems, such as missing or damaged shingles. By taking action instead of ignoring the smaller problem, you will avoid further problems.
Simply take a walk around your house and look at your roof. If you notice missing or dislocated shingles, you can replace or relocate it on your own. Do it right away unless the weather doesn’t allow.
Is your tree covering the roof?
If you have trees on your yard that hang on the roof, then cut the branches that are directly over the roof. Why? For one thing, constant interaction between the shingles and branches can damage the shingles. Second, branches and leaves can fall on the roof and accumulate there. Besides, trees also attract raccoons, birds, squirrels, and other animals, and you don’t want their nests on your roof.
As a homeowner, there are quick and easy steps you can take to maintain your roof by simply looking around yourself. With small actions like a quick 30-minute cleaning, you spare yourself big problems and repairs.