“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
It’s an unfortunate fact that most people don’t think about the condition of their roof until they look up and see water dripping from the ceiling. If you take the time to think of your roof at all before you see any apparent damage then you will be ahead of the curve. By giving the issue of roof maintenance a little consideration and taking a few simple steps you might prevent many major roofing issues from happening, and save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the process.
Keep Nearby Trees Trimmed
You might think that because your roof is high up nothing will fall on it. Unfortunately, every year roofs are damaged severely by tree branches that are torn off of trees and thrown into nearby roofs by heavy winds. The stronger the wind is, the more damage is done.
It is possible to keep your roof and your favorite old tree. Just make sure to keep the limbs trimmed so that nothing is hanging ominously over your roof. You should also quickly remove trees after they die, as the entire tree may fall over if left to its own devices.
Clean Your Gutters
As the weather gets colder leaves start to fall and can end up in your gutters. From there they can end up freezing in place in the winter and leading to build ups of ice and snow. Your gutter may even fall off if things get bad enough, seriously damaging your roof and requiring a replacement.
Clean gutters aren’t just good for your roof, they also help keep your foundation from cracking and your basement from flooding. Simply put, cleaning the gutters is an essential part of home maintenance.
Examine Your Roof
Many of the most common, and most damaging forms of roof damage started out as something small and manageable. The problem is that people don’t pay attention to their roof, ignoring it completely or never really looking at it. If you give your roof a quick glance you might spot a gaping hole, but would you catch shingles that were close to peeling off?
Closely examining your roof takes some effort. Unless there’s an easily accessible area overlooking your home you will have to climb up on a ladder to examine the roof for the first signs of damage. It’s not something you might want to do every month, but it is worth doing semi-annually or after extreme weather events. If you don’t know what to look for then consider calling us at Quality Roofing to lend you our expertise in the matter.
Catching a crack early on could save you from finding a large hole later on.
Hire The Right People To Install Your Roof
Happy endings start with solid beginnings. Quality work from trained roofing installers is one of the best ways to ensure that your roof will stay in good condition for as long as possible. If you hire people who cut corners you could end up with small issues that could turn into big problems as time goes by.
Even if you went with the cheapest option for installation you can still invest in your roof later on. Just make sure you choose an experienced and well-regarded team to work on your roof if you notice any issues.
Getting Things Done Right
People who don’t make their roof a priority ignore it, and when roofs get ignored early early warning signs are missed, and when early warning signs are missed damages occur. By paying just a little more attention to your roof and working proactively you can keep it protected, while securing the value and safety of the rest of your home in the process.
Don’t ignore your roof until it is too late. See what you can do today in order to ensure that it’s still providing you with the protection you deserve tomorrow.