If you want to save yourself a lot of money on home repairs, take care of your roof. The cost of replacing or repairing your roof can be high. Your roof is a protective barrier for your home, so if your roof is damaged, it could mean further damage to your home’s interior. You can save yourself lots of heartache and money simply by taking steps to keep your roof healthy. Best of all, most of the maintenance on your roof can be done yourself with little to no investment.
Follow these simple steps to take care of your roof.
Check your roof regularly for missing or damaged shingles. Do this especially after a major storm or high winds. Most extensive damage from your roof starts a missing shingle or two. If you notice that some shingles are missing, damaged, or even just worn out, replace them as soon as possible. If you know what you’re doing, you can just replace them yourself. Otherwise, it’s best to hire a professional roofer to do the job. Shingle damage is part of normal wear on your foo so check your shingles often.
Shingles are not the only on your roof to wear out over time. Sealant is also vulnerable to the elements and needs to be inspected from time to time. Check every are of your roof where sealant is used. Look for cracking or missing sealant and replace it as soon as possible. It is the little things that often turn into major problems.
If you have trees growing around your home, check them regularly to see if branches are hanging over the roof. It’s fine if you have overhanging branches, but keep a close eye on them and trim them if they begin to pose a problem. Also, if the branches are too large you may consider cutting them back to prevent them breaking and damaging the roof. Overhanging tree branches also pose a problem of falling leaves, which can accumulate on your roof and become an issue.
Checking for rust mainly applies to metal roofs, but it’s definitely not limited to them. If your roof is constructed with any metal parts, it needs to be inspected regularly. Perhaps the most obvious metal component to check are the roofing nails. Nails can succumb to rust over time and wear out, causing loose shingles or a weak roof. Replace the nails if necessary and remove any rust with a wire brush. If necessary, prime and paint affected areas to help further protect your roof.
Gutters help water to drain off of your roof properly. However, they can easily clog with leaves and debris. When your gutters are clogged they cause water to build up and potentially seep into the roof from underneath the structure. Cleaning your gutters is easy to do and will help prevent unnecessary damage. Check them during the winter when leaves are falling often and especially after a storm.
If you have a large brick chimney, check it often for cracked or missing mortar or for loose bricks. Falling bricks could damage your roof easily. Replace the mortar on your chimney where it needs it and, if necessary rebuild your chimney.
Perhaps the easiest way to maintain a healthy roof is to simply keep it clean. Remove leaves and debris from your roof as soon as they accumulate. Wash it if necessary to prevent moss, algae, or fungus from growing. A clean roof goes a long way in keeping your home protected and safe.
If you have roof damage and can’t fix it yourself, we can help. At Woodforest Roofing, we provide exceptional roof repair and roof replacement services at an affordable cost. Whether it’s a small repair to a few shingles or a full roof replacement, we will get your roof looking like new again. Call us today for a free inspection.