It’s safe to say that the roof plays a crucial role in protecting your most valuable investment, your home. It acts as armor and offers initial defense against the forces of nature.
Properly maintaining a roof helps you prolong its life expectancy and preserve the integrity of your house. A roof will keep you warm through the winter, safe from the rain, and sheltered from the sun.
If you spot any signs of obstruction or damage, you must act immediately before the situation gets out of hand. Don’t let the situation go ignored, even if the problem seems minute.
Even the smallest of imperfections could later result in costly repairs and could end up making your home inhabitable. If your home features a flat roof instead of a pitched one, you will have to take more measures to protect it from damage. A flat roof does not allow snow and other debris to roll off with ease.
A general inspection
If you want your roof to last decades as it should, you need to start inspecting your roof regularly. Give your roof a good look at least once every season to ensure that everything is proper and ready for the new change in season.
What you need to be on the lookout for:
- Check out for rust formations on all metal installments
- Inspect your ceiling from the inside to look for watermarks or any damage
- Check for any points of breakage or cracks
Doing a general inspection yourself could help you save both time and money, as you can now let a professional roof repairer know exactly what needs fixing before they even start working on roof repairs.
Keep the gutters clean.
As a responsible homeowner, you need to make sure that your gutters are clean, especially before winters.
Here are some tips that can help you clean your gutter yourself.
- Never try to clean your gutters from standing on the roof
- Use a ladder and have buckets hanging off to dispose of debris while cleaning
- Use a trowel or any similar tool to help you dig out any stuck debris
- The best place to start cleaning is usually the downspout; continue your way from there
- End by checking the drain and removing the pipe to allow any remaining blockage to clear
- For better results, use a hose to flush out more delicate materials.
If you don’t feel confident doing it yourself, never hesitate to call for a professional from AllCraft Roofers to get the job done correctly for you. This will help you keep your home safe and prepped for winters.
Replace any blistering shingles
Blistering shingles could be as large as 6mm or as small as an eraser head. Nevertheless, you must look after these imperfections as soon as possible.
Mainly, there are two reasons that usually lead to this problem first, if there is some moisture trapped under the shingles, and second, because of poorly ventilated roofs.
Either way, you must act as soon as you see holes and discoloration in the granules. Once the shingles are even slightly damaged, you open your roof to further damage.
Remove all leaves
Depending on where you live, this could be a major or a minor problem. For colder and rainier climates, fallen leaves could build up and clog your roof. Even when you have gutter guards installed, leaves can still become an issue you might have to deal with every week.
It’s still a pretty easy job to do yourself. All you have to do is use your leaf blower over the roof a few times. That should push the leaves onto your garden so you could bag them up to prevent any further mess.
Small or large patches of green moss growing on your roof could also result in shortening the roof’s lifespan. Once moss starts growing in-between and on top of the shingles, over time, this could result in lifting the shingles, allowing the water to seep through and damage the inside.
This could also result in rotting the main wooden frame that holds up your home. To prevent this from happening, you will have to scrub the moss off. Please don’t use a pressure washer to get rid of this moss growth as it can cause further damage to the roof shingles.
If the problem seems to persist and the moss keeps growing back, you probably need to use a moss cleanser or spray your roof with a metal-based coating material to keep the moss from returning.
When tree branches start to grow over the top of your roof, it makes your home more prone to the roof and extreme weather damage. If these overhanging branches are left unmaintained, nature, as it always does, will take its course, and the branches can end up penetrating and growing into the roof itself.
Keep in mind, while cutting overhanging branches, make sure that you cut them in small pieces. This will prevent large, heavy branches from falling on your roof and potentially causing more damage.
Hire an expert today!
If you don’t remember the last time your house was inspected for damages, it may be time for you to ask for a professional roof inspection. Our professionals at AllCraft Roofers will make sure that your roof is in its best possible shape.
No matter what the problem is, our versatility enables us to help you repair all types of roofs, making us the best in the business.