Does managing the maintenance of your roof make you feel overwhelmed? We’ve compiled the 6 most important things every homeowner needs to know about their roof to make it as easy as possible for you to feel prepared in any situation involving your roof.
- Know What to Do in a Roofing Emergency
Do you know what to do if your roof gets a bad leak during a storm? Locate the leak and plug the leak if you can. Use patches, rubber sheets, sealants, tarps or duct tape. Your solution may not be pretty or long-term; however, it will buy enough time for the roofer to get in there and repair the damage.
- Know the Lifespan of Your Roof
Do you know what kind of roof you have and how old is it? Ask a number of homeowners and they might struggle to answer! Know what type of roof you have and, if possible, keep your written inspection filed away of the age of your roof. Knowing the age range of your roof you have can keep you prepared for future maintenance.
- Your Roof Ventilation System
Not knowing if you have poor ventilation can lead to expensive problems and repairs. Roofs that aren’t properly ventilated can lead to mold and ice dams. A simple roof inspection will quickly show if your roof is properly ventilated. Installing a good ventilation system will save thousands of dollars in costly repairs.
- Leaks Aren’t Always Holes in Your Roof
Water damage doesn’t just happen through a hole in your roof! Leaks are usually caused by poor workmanship; flashing, boots, sidewalls, valleys,and skylights. A hole in your roof would be obvious, leaks are RARELY obvious. An inspection of your home by a trained roofing technician will quickly show if your roof is the culprit.
- Keep Your Gutters Clean
This one is obvious, but a lot of homeowners put this chore off! Every spring and fall you should be clearing out your gutters from debris. Debris buildup can lead to mold or leaks. Gutter leaks can damage the exterior of your home and result in costly repairs. If you wait to clean them out until it is too late, the damage may have been done. Products like GutterTopper prevent having to worry about this problem.
- Signs Your Roof Needs an Inspection
Having a professional come to your house and inspect your roof will save your time and money. An annual inspection will catch any leaks or damage and fix the issues before they cause major damage.