The roof is not something we pay attention to all that often. A good roof can last 25 years if not more. Your roof is always there, keeping you safe and insulated. Over its lifetime a roof is subject to a lot of abuse quite frankly, heavy rain showers, snow blizzards, searing summer heat. But it’s not just outside elements that pose a risk to your roof. Improper insulation and ventilation play a role too.
Since we rarely think about our roofs we don’t usually notice problems until they are well established and often, more costly. With a new roof costing anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000 how can you keep care of your roof and prevent the need for costly repairs or replacements?
What can homeowners do to take care of their roof?
Here are some roof care tips to consider:
Perform a Visual Inspection (twice yearly)
Fall and spring are ideal times to do this.
How often do you really notice your roof? Probably not that often. It’s a good idea to inspect your roof twice per year, this will help to check for:
- Lifted/missing shingles
- Sagging or broken gutters
- Loose/missing flashing
- Moss growth
An inspection from the ground is better than nothing, however, a closer inspection will allow you to spot more. Never climb your roof without appropriate safety equipment. If you don’t have this, it is best left to a roof professional.
Check/Clean Gutters (once yearly)
Look out for sagging gutters which could indicate blockages. If water is allowed to build up in your gutters it can lead to rotting fascia. The excess water can also run down external walls and into your home’s foundations.
Cut Back Trees
Closely trees should be cut back to prevent branches coming into contact with your roof during heavy storms.
Clear off heavy snowfall
Heavy snowfall can be a risk to your roof if left. The weight of snow and ice can put pressure on your roof and in the case of older/damaged roofs can be more problematic. If ice is allowed to accumulate this can also lead to ice dams as well.
Inside your home
Inspect your attic – Look for signs of sagging and moisture in dark patches or water rings. Light shining through of course indicates a problem.
Check insulation – Proper insulation helps to prevent excess moisture which can affect wood in and around your roof, let alone in your home. Good insulation also helps in the prevention of ice dams.
Check ventilation – Ineffective ventilation can affect insulation, sheeting, and rafting and can lead to rots. Check any vents for blockages which could be restricting airflows such as leaves and moss.
Article was written by Andy’s Roofing
Andy’s Roofing is a Ridgefield roofing company based in Connecticut. A family owned and operated business, Andy’s Roofing has been serving customers since 1931.