It’s sad to say that most people don’t take the time to inspect their roofs. According to Home advisor, a roof replacement including other roofing services and materials can cost from $5,000 to $10,000. Needless to say, roofing replacements are a major expense that can certainly hurt the budget especially if unprepared.
Roofing Contractor Magazine tells us that our roofs, upon installation, undergoes continuous deterioration and elements such as temperature fluctuations, snow, ice, hail and rain are the biggest culprits. A roof can have an average life of 20-30 years depending on the materials used and given that it is well maintained which then makes roofing maintenance critical to extend the lives of our roof.
As mentioned previously, roofing replacements and repairs are too expensive but why not save yourself from the trouble of looking for a roofing contractor and paying costly services? With these simple DIY maintenance tips, you can prolong the life span of your roof without having the need to hire a roofing specialist:
1. Roof Inspections
A quick inspection at least once in two or three months can save you a lot of time and money. These inspections help you spot weak spots that become serious in the long run if ignored. It’s also recommended to check the roof after every storm for water stains, leaks and weak or dislodged shingles/tiles.
- Look for signs of moisture: The best place for roof inspection is from the inside of your home which is the attic. Examine and check the whole attic for signs of moisture and leaks.
- Look for signs of light: Turn off the lights to be able to see signs of light filtering through the roof deck. If any are found, this give you the idea where the damage is and this may be a sign that your roof needs repair.
- Check signs of exterior damage: Roof shingles eventually become dilapidated over time due to their continual exposure to sun, rain and snow. Keep a look out for missing, cracked, curling edges, and missing granules.
- Get rid of moss: Moss traps water and moisture and adds extra weight in the roof when builds up.
2. Clean your Gutters
Leaves, small braches and other materials can clog your gutters causing leakage that can damage the interiors of your home especially the attic. It is recommended the gutters are inspected and cleaned at least twice a year and always on the lookout for sagging or damaged gutters to prevent further damage.
Roof insulation promotes ventilation and good airflow preventing roof sheaths and rafts to rot and other roofing materials to buckle due to heat and moisture. The right insulation stops your roof from warping
4. Replace Missing/Damaged
Immediately repair and/or replace damaged or missing roofing materials like shingles or tiles to prevent further serious issues with your roof.
- Sealants/Joints : Immediately seal cracked roof joints and loose sealants as these are moisture entry points causing leaks and mold and rotting overtime
5. Trim Branches and Trees
Branches leaning on the roof scratches and gouges roofing materials, Falling branches from overhanging trees causes dents and even puncture the shingles, falling leaves clog the gutters causing water to backup into the attic or other living spaces.
Take the time to trim the braches of nearby trees especially when there’s a storm approaching.
6. Do not allow pests to live inside your roof or attic
Take the necessary steps to exterminate or remove small animals like rodents, squirrels, raccoons and other pests like termites from your roof or attic. Allowing them to live inside your home causes serious damage to your roof as they chew on the materials