There are a lot of things that can damage a roof. Wind, hail, and excessive sun are just a few. And while roof damage from the environment is unavoidable, roof damage at the hands of the homeowner is not.
For most homeowners the idea that a roof could actually be damaged by them sounds absurd. But a roof, like any other part of the home, is not maintenance free. Without performing the needed maintenance to keep your roof in top shape, it is only a matter of time before a larger, much more costly repair is needed.
So what is it you need to avoid when it comes to your roof?
- Leaving Debris on the Roof. When you look up at your roof what you should see is several layers of flat shingles (or whatever other roofing material you may have). What you shouldn’t see is tree branches, leaves, or any other debris. Debris damages your roof for many reasons. It may trap in moisture. It may damage the surface of the shingles or gutters. And it may cause a fire hazard.
- Neglecting Regular Inspections. Failing to inspect your roof on a regular basis is a great way to miss any needed repairs, allow leaks to worsen, and allow leaky gutters to go unnoticed. To maintain your roof in optimum condition, inspect it at least every six months, checking all shingles, gutters, and adjoining areas.
- Skipping Special Inspections after Storms. Storms – especially hail – can wreak havoc on a house and often require immediate repair. However, unless you either inspect your roof yourself or have a qualified professional roofer inspect it for you, you won’t notice any shingles that have ripped or torn, been damaged by hail, or areas that are now leaking.
A roof, like any other valuable entity, requires regular care to keep it working at its best. However, with appropriate care – and avoiding the aforementioned things – your roof can last for many years to come.
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