Taking care of a home is a huge responsibility. The roof is one area that must be continually maintained to sustain the structural integrity of a home. Developing a roof maintenance plan is an easy way to prevent stress and unnecessary roof repairs. By performing basic inspections and maintenance to the roof regularly, the need for major and expensive roof renovations can be avoided, saving money long-term.
Preventative Roof Maintenance Makes Financial Sense
The most cost-effective way to maximize roof performance and increase the lifespan of your roof is to take a proactive approach to preventive maintenance. Not doing routine maintenance can accelerate the deterioration and create a lot more expensive damage down the line, which is not good for the household budget.
Preventative maintenance is all about stopping problems before they cause bigger headaches. An effective roof maintenance plan can be put into action by taking a few simple steps.
1. Be Aware of The Roof’s Condition
Don’t wait until a roof leak occurs to finally inspect a roof. Rather than not knowing the overall condition of the roof, have a professional roofing contractor perform routine inspections to inform of potential issues that may lead to leaks. Regular visual scans can also be made from the ground to spot issues such as curled or broken asphalt shingles or sagging gutters.
When roofing problems are found early, they can be fixed quickly before causing extensive damage. The frequency of inspections will vary from home to home, depending on the age of the roof, tree coverage, and weather conditions. It is recommended that roof inspections occur annually.
2. Keep the Roof Clean
Debris, such as leaves, tree branches, or pine needles can impede the flow of water from the roof that can result in leaks. Warmer weather can provide a moist environment where moss or lichen can grow quickly. These organisms can harm a roof and shorten its lifespan. A roof should be cleaned periodically to get rid of the debris before damage occurs.
During the winter months, heavy snow loads should be removed before they cause structural damage or a roof collapse. Thick layers of snow also increase the risk of ice dams. Having it removed can help avoid snowmelt backups underneath the roof that causes structural decay and water damage to the home’s interior. Gutters and drains should also be cleared of any blockage to ensure proper drainage. This will prevent roofing trim from early deterioration.
3. Attic Ventilation and Insulation
An attic without sufficient ventilation or insulation during the summer months can cause decking damage and premature aging of roofing materials. With the hotter temperatures during the summer months, the attic can get extremely warm. With adequate ventilation and insulation in place, it’s easier to maintain a roof year-round and protect it against costly damage.
Pay Attention to These Signs of Potential Roof Damage
Roof damage exposes the structure of a home to serious issues including water damage, pest infestations, and mold. To prevent roof damage from becoming severe, watch for these warning signs:
- Leaky or sagging gutters
- Curled or cracked shingles
- Damaged or misaligned slate tiles
- Areas that look darker than the rest of the roof
- Sagging roof areas
- Cracked or damaged coverings around vent pipes
- Deteriorated flashing
- Water stains on ceilings and walls
- Leaks in the attic
- Decay or cracking around fascia and soffits
A preventive maintenance plan is an investment in the future. It can save homeowners costly repairs and ensure the roof is in the best condition.
About Brian Dawson Roofing
Brian Dawson Roofing has been providing roof repairs, installations, and maintenance for the residents of St. Louis and St. Charles counties for over 20 years. Quality workmanship, experience, and great customer service are what clients receive on every roofing project. Brian Dawson Roofing is happy to provide property owners with a free roof inspection, consultation and estimate.