It often takes the brunt of weather damage, protecting you and your assets in the process, and it’s one of the largest parts of your house. We’re talking about your roof. The saying “a roof over one’s head” indicates that the roof is of utmost importance as a shelter. According to Merriam-Webster, “a roof over one’s head” is an idiom that means “a place to live.”
Because it’s constantly exposed to the elements, your roof also requires regular inspection to avoid deterioration. Though it may seem like an unwelcome financial burden, keeping your roof regularly inspected and maintained may save you from major damages and unexpected costs in the future and extend the life expectancy of your roof. There are also a number of measures you can take on your own to minimize wear and tear on your roof and water damage in your home.
TRIM OVERHANGING BRANCHES
Tree branches hanging over your roof can be problematic for a number of reasons. During severe weather, you run the risk of them falling on your roof and causing severe damage. Leaves falling from the tree onto your rooftop can also cause issues by piling up on your shingles and absorbing moisture. Moisture-laden dead leaves can decay and rot, weighing down your roof, and could potentially lead to mold buildup and rotting wood. By trimming any overhanging branches, you’ll minimize these risks.
CHECK FOR LEAKS IN CEILINGS, ATTICS
Water stains, musty odors and bulging sections on your ceiling or interior walls are all warning signs that you may be experiencing a leak in your roof. If you inspect your home and notice any of these signs, don’t wait to address the problem. Bulges in your ceiling, left unattended, can quickly spread and eventually bust on their own. To avoid this, find a bucket and place it beneath the section, then puncture the center of the bulge where the water is accumulating. This will relieve the pressure on the rest of the ceiling and prevent it from collapsing, allowing you to contain the damage.
CHECK YOUR SHINGLES
Particularly after a heavy storm, it’s important to inspect your shingles to make sure none are missing, curling or cracked. Curled shingles are often a sign they have been exposed to excessive amounts of sunshine and moisture. Deteriorated shingles will likely lead to heat, cold and moisture working its way into your home, increasing your utility bills in the process. If you have any shingles that need replacing, contacting a roofing contractor to replace them as soon as possible will most likely save you money in the long run.
WASHING YOUR ROOF
Washing your roof is a simple, but effective, way to keep your roof looking new and preventing possible damage. Because your roof is exposed to constant weather, it will eventually begin to accumulate algae and look dirty. Beyond the superficial, washing your roof to remove algae can prevent the possibility of the shingles rotting.
Your roof keeps your home, family and possessions safe from gusting winds, blazing sun and torrential downpours. Ensuring this vital part of your home is functioning to the best of its ability is crucial, and the more steps you take to maintain it, the longer it will last.
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