Many homeowners take their roofs for granted and figure that they are robust and last without much consideration for a generation or two. The truth is the integrity of a roof can be undermined by harsh weather-particularly in the northern states.Learn more about us at Northwest Roof Maintenance Inc.
Most house roofs will last for several years if they are well maintained and if any problems are found and dealt with early enough. Attention to the maintenance of the roof may not be the reason why a home buyer buys your property, but lack of maintenance will definitely cause people to bypass the offer or not want to see it at all. It only undermines the property’s overall appearance.
And how can you make sure that your roof is safe against the weather and other invaders? There are some things that need to be done frequently to keep your roof maintained:
Twice a year, in the spring and fall, check your roof and attic, which will expose external and internal damage during and before the winter season and offer an opportunity to repair things before they lead to more fundamental issues.
Check your roof for debris and leaves that can build up. Chimneys or other structures that stick out from the roof and flat areas of your roof that may be over porches, etc., are places to look closely. Check gutters as well, as clogged gutters will damage roofs if the buildup of water does not drain off the roof. Any debris will need to be carefully cleaned.
Verify if there are not cracks or damaged shingles or tiles. You need to repair them instantly if shingles or tiles are destroyed. One way to search for damage under the shingles or tiles is to inspect the attic roof. If there is dampness, or noticeable cracks, this means that there is more to you than just the roof surface.
For proper roof repair, the roof should be examined for any bulges or irregular shingles or tiles, or other indications that the moisture under the shingle or tiles has been drained. This may mean severe damage which requires a roof maintenance specialist ‘s expertise.
Check your roof for any signs of emerging mould or fungus. To rid your roof of these nuisances, you can receive fungicides or other roof treatments. The mould or fungus will continue to spread if left unchecked, creating more of a problem over time. This may cause your roof to be permanently damaged, or even if left unchecked, penetrate the inside of your house.
Check the roof for snow build-up or ice damming during winter. If there is a build-up of more than twelve inches of snow, you will need to melt it. The weight could cause a collapse in the roof. It can be carefully swept down. When walking on your roof, be careful that you could damage it below and not know until problems occur later. If ice damming is an issue (ice builds up along the bottom of the edges of the roof, preventing the flow of melting snow or water from the roof into the gutters), the amount of insulation in the attic will need to be increased to prevent the cold from getting inside, promoting ice damming. You can buy heat strips to position them above the gutter areas that will allow the ice and snow to melt and flow out of the gutters rather than clog them.
Slate roofs are robust and, if treated properly, can last a long time. In cold weather, slate, however, becomes very brittle. If you need to climb over a slate roof, it is nice to be able to safely hook a ladder on the side of the house and climb on the ladder. This will scatter across the roof with your weight. Wear soft-bottomed shoes if you would walk on a slate.
Incorporate roof repairs into your seasonal home inspections to ensure a trouble-free barrier to protect your home and investment should you consider selling the day it comes.