Roofs are essential! They protect the interior of the house from various external damaging factors. That said, roof maintenance is easily ignored by homeowners.
If you make it a point to regularly check your roof for repairs, it will help you keep it in top shape and help save money in the long-run.
When inspecting your roof, you could come across damages– and if you do, don’t wait for long to fix those issues! Even with small issues, it’s only a matter of time before they become big, costly problems.
Here are some roof maintenance tips that you shouldn’t ignore at any cost:
#1 The Average Service Life Of A Roof:
Generally, the service life of a roof depends on various factors such as the type of material used and how well it is maintained. Moreover, the timeframe of the roof also depends on the climatic conditions it is exposed to every day. The winter months, high winds and humidity all combine to wear out roof material quickly and could cause damage to it. Sometimes these damages are beyond repair. Other factors that affect the lifespan of your roof are the color, orientation, and slope of the roof. Dark-colored roofs absorb more heat than light-colored roofs. Roofs that have a higher pitch typically last longer because rain or snow cannot settle on them quickly.
Keep tabs on the service life of the roof. If the roof is old enough, then replacement is a better solution than getting it repaired.
#2 Don’t Ignore Missing or Broken Shingles:
Generally, cracking or missing shingles are a clear indication that your roof might have serious problems. To protect your roof as well as your house, it is essential to immediately repair or replace broken or missing shingles. The roof shingles break due to excessive wearing caused by harsh climatic conditions. Moreover, they become damaged from direct sunlight which causes them to get brittle. Once the granules have worn off of shingles, your roof won’t be able to hold out against intense weather!
#3 Don’t Ignore The Bad Condition Of Roof Vents:
Vents are an important element of the roof. They protect the roof and keep it in good condition. But what would happen if the vents are not in good condition? Your bills would skyrocket! One simple way to check the efficiency of the vents is to check the monthly utility bills. If you see a sudden spike in the bills, then it may mean your ventilation system has an issue. If you can spot ventilation issues when they are small, you can fix them before they create major roof damage.
#4 Inspection Of The Caulk:
To inspect the caulk, you must observe the area around the valley and roof flashing. Cracked caulk will allow water to seep into the house and damage the interior. Leaking water can also promote the growth of mold and mildew which can further aggravate the problem. Therefore, if you see signs of broken or cracked caulk, get that repaired immediately.
Although your roof may not be the first thing on your mind this summer, make summer roof maintenance a priority. Your roof may look okay in appearance, but upon closer inspection, you could find issues that need fixing. Spotting issues in the early stages will benefit both your home and wallet.
Having your roof inspected will alert you to any damages. A professional inspection can help you spot draining problems, fungus, mold, and issues with your stripping. Ready to have your roof inspected or repaired? Contact us today. Born Carpentry LLC can get your roof ready for any season.