Keep Raindrops From Falling On Your Head—Care Tips For Your Roof
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house. It's not only a significant investment in the health of your home; it's the very literal roof over your head keeping your family dry.
So how can you care for it and keep it in the best shape possible? Here's a handy guide.
Assess It Regularly
As the seasons change—particularly after the harsh season of winter or hurricane season has ended—take the time to safely inspect the roof yourself. Get a partner and choose a day when everything will be clean and dry.
What are you looking for? Keep an eye out for uneven sections within the roof frame, such as areas that sag or bulge. These problems indicate potential damage to the underlying wood structure. Inspect the chimney and any vents to ensure that there's not structural issues with them. If you spot framing or structural defects, call a roofing service that specializes in damaged roofs , since this is unlikely to be a DIY jobs.
Clean off any debris on the roof so that you can get a good look underneath. Branches (and even kids' toys) left on the roof can cause water to pool where it shouldn't. Debris can also cause ice to build up during winter and create dangerous ice dams.
Also, be on the lookout for shingle damage. Curling, loose, or missing shingles should be replaced with study new ones in good condition. Flashing should likewise be in good condition and the caulking around it clean and unbroken. If any caulking is loose, ripped, or missing, remove it and replace it with fresh caulk.
Your gutters are a key part of the roof they protect. While the debris in gutters doesn't seem like a particular danger to the roof, it can cause backups and blockages. These blockages allow water to pool on the roof—potentially pushing it up under shingles and into the framing underneath—and prevent the roof from drying quickly and properly.
Clean out your gutters as needed, but be especially diligent after storms and as winter turns to spring. After removing all the debris in the gutter pipe, flush it out with a hose until the water runs quickly and smoothly down the drainpipes.
Surrounding trees should be regularly trimmed so that their branches don't hang over the roof. Otherwise, branches could easily fall during storms or wind and damage the shingles or even the decking and plywood frames under them.
In addition to overhanging branches being a hazard during storms, they could also be dangerous during fire season. Remove dead, damaged, or infected trees that could provide easy fuel for fires during the summer.
And, don't forget about the critters that can get on the roof from nearby trees. The scurrying of small animals back and forth on your roof is more than annoying; it could also be damaging to the shingles.
Professional inspection of the roof should be done regularly, even if you do it yourself in between visits. Professional roofers can spot problems that you may miss, and they can help you keep problems from becoming larger issues.
Working with professional roofers is also a safety issue. Even the most experienced homeowner may not have all the safety equipment and know-how to prevent injury while attempting to repair a roof problem. And you can't care for your home if you injure yourself, so getting help is a win-win for your entire home's care.
By following these tips throughout the year and working with an experienced roofing service annually, you'll help ensure that you can keep that roof over your head for many years to come.