DIY: Taking Care of Your Roof

Summer is here, but the cooler days of autumn are coming. As a good homeowner, you’ll need to pay attention to maintaining your roof so it can withstand the rainy and windy days of the colder months.  Making a simple roof maintenance checklist is easy and an important part of maintaining your roof. Save on repairs with this simple maintenance list.

Tip #1: Inspect the outside part of your roof regularly.
Visual inspections of your roof means that you’ll be able to recognize if there are missing shingles or shingles that have cracks, tears, or curling. If there is noticeable damage like this, it can usually be fixed easily, but if there is significant damage, a complete roof replacement may be necessary. Another part that should be checked is the plumbing stack “boots”, which can crack and leak. Replacement is inexpensive and straightforward.  In addition, be sure that you clean the top of your roof off often. Keep it clear of excess debris, also making sure that there is no moss accumulation. If there is too much build up over time, it could cause a lot of damage.

Tip #2: Don’t ignore your gutters.
When the weather starts turning wet again, it can be harmful to your roof if your gutters are not kept up well. Water can get trapped underneath the shingles and if this happens, it’s a recipe for interior damage. Be sure that you clean your gutters often and keep them free of leaves, twigs, and other debris so they can flow properly. 

Tip #3: Look closely at the inside ceilings often.
Do you see moisture marks or discoloration on your ceiling that is brown, yellow or grayish? Or, are there soft spots in your roof? This could mean that there is a leak somewhere and attention is needed right away. If you put it off, the damage could become worse and this means very costly repairs or even complete roof replacement. Watch closely for small damage and get it taken care of before it turns into something bigger.  

Keeping your roof maintained well is essential to being a good homeowner. If you’re not sure if your roof needs specific attention, call a team of roofing specialists and schedule an appointment. These people have the training and expertise to be able to spot signs of roof decay or damage before you might see it.

Posted on July 21, 2015 at 7:01 pm
Nancy Johns | Category: Home Remodeling Tips | Tagged , , , , , , , ,

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