We replaced our roof a few years ago. It cost us a lot of money. Chances are if you own a home for a long period of time, you’ll have to replace the roof. Once you do, you’ll want to keep it lasting for as long as possible. With winter just a few months away, give your roof some attention. A few easy tips and you can extend the life of your roof. This can save you thousands in the long run. Here are some tips to take care of your roof.
Inspect It Regularly
I don’t get up on my roof regularly. However, I do walk around and check things out regularly. I will look things over every spring. After a big windstorm, I always walk around. So far I haven’t noticed any problems, which is great. However, if there did happen to be a problem, early detection and repair is key.
Keep Your Gutters Clean
We have a lot of tall trees around our home. Every year the leaves clog the gutters. I don’t enjoy paying to have the gutters cleaned, but I do anyway. Clogged gutters can increase your chances of ice dams under the shingles. Gutters that are clear will allow water to drain off properly.
Keep Trees Trimmed
As I mentioned above, we have many mature trees. We keep them trimmed regularly. One of the things I had done during trimming is to have branches close to the roof removed. I don’t want them scratching against the roof. Nor do I want branches or twigs falling loose onto the roof.
If something does land on your roof, make sure it gets removed. Moisture can form underneath anything that sits on your roof for a long period of time. Getting up on your roof isn’t fun, nor is paying someone to do so. However, if you need your roof cleared of something, you may have to bite the bullet.
Stay Off The Roof As Much As Possible
Try to stay off the roof if at all possible. As mentioned above, there might be times when you need to get up there. However, try to stay off of it. People traipsing around will just create additional wear and tear. This can shorten the life of your roof. Additionally, many roofs have materials which are meant to reduce spotting or mildew. Anytime you get on the roof, you knock some of this material off. So, stay off the roof if you can.
Don’t Mess With The Structure Below
A co-worker of mine once had an attic fan installed. Without their knowledge, the installers cut through part of a truss. A roofer later told them that this was bad as the trusses are installed in a way to evenly distribute the load. They ended up having to take on an expensive repair to reinforce their structure. Make sure anything you have installed, such as attic fans or solar panels, don’t modify the support structure of the roof itself.
Leave The Snow On The Roof
Going along with the item above, it’s usually best to leave snow alone. There is the occasional snowfall that does require removal, but most of the time, the roof can handle heavy snowfalls. Homeowners that attempt to rake or shovel the snow off often cause unnecessary harm to their roof. If you are nervous about the snow on your roof, call a roofer.
Ventilate Your Attic
When we had our roof redone, our roofer added more soffet vents. He said that code dictated how many vents need to be installed during construction. Builders follow this. However, this is way short of what roofing manufacturers recommend. More ventilation keeps the attic space from overheating. It also reduces moisture buildup from underneath.
If you have any work done tied to the recommendations above, hire professionals. Whether it’s someone working on your roof or someone that will come in contact with it, professionals are much more used to being up on a roof. Solid pros will know how to do their work with the roof in mind. They should also be insured in the event that anything does happen.
To properly take care of your roof, these are practices I follow. I hope that they’re helpful. Everyone wants a long lasting and healthy roof. After all, the roof is what covers us up!
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