The very best roofing materials are only able to fully protect your home for about 10 to 15 years at the most. To make sure that your roof does not start to leak prematurely it is important that you ensure that regular maintenance is made on the roof.
Without having a roofing expert take the time to make regular checks on the status of your roof, there is a good chance that your roof starts to leak at some point in the future. Even the smallest leak in a roof can lead to some significant structural damage to your home that can be very expensive indeed.
1. Homebuyers need to watch out!
As part of the inspection of your home, you will want to make sure that you have to roof thoroughly examined. It is important to do this before the closing date so that you are aware of any potential problems with the structure of the home. If the roof has not been keeping moisture out of the home you could be looking at some persistent structural problems and mould. Leaks in a roof will also leave the door open for investigations as they can serve as a way for insects and larger pests to enter your home.
2. Watch out for the trees
Trees can look really nice around your home, especially mature trees. However, trees that have grown too large that have branches touching the roof of your home can cause damage over time. It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your roof and any trees that are nearby so that you can take steps to avoid branches from puncturing your roof.
3. Clean the gutters
This is something that should be done regardless as you need your gutters to be clear so that water can leave the roof and be funnelled away from your home so that it doesn’t start to erode your foundations. Gutters that have been allowed to build up leaves can cause extra strain on parts of your roof. It can also allow moisture to build up and start to damage the tile or shingles. This simple maintenance tip only takes a few moments and can save you a lot of money.
4. Check to see that the roof was installed correctly to begin with
Your roof needs to be well maintained and monitored by professional roofers. It is also very important to note that when a roof is installed it is done the right way. A roof needs to be able to breathe and if it can’t then moisture can build up which can cause a great deal of damage.
5. Insulation is essential
Any modern roof that is designed and installed by a team of professionals is going to include insulation to keep the hot air inside a home while still allowing for ventilation.
6. Check the roof after a storm
After a bad storm, you need to have your roof inspected. Storms are the most likely cause of damage to a roof. It might not be apparent right away as it can be just a small leak in the roof that gets worse over time. Alternatively, it could be catastrophic. And require immediate attention to prevent a lot more damage to your home. If a tree limb was the cause of the damage then you may find that there is also some structural damage to your home that needs some work.
7. Ask a professional
The best people to ask to perform your regular roof maintenance are roof repair specialists. You will want a professional to take a good long look at your roof and make sure that there are no leaks and also no signs that a leak might be imminent.