People underestimate the importance of the roof of a property. Without a roof your property would be left vulnerable to the elements, insects, birds, no privacy and nowhere to retreat from the hot summer sun! Without a roof a house simply would not be a house. Now with this said it seems hard to believe that a huge number of homeowners don’t think that their roof requires maintenance.
Properly constructed roofs are designed and built from top quality materials to ensure they last for years to come however this doesn’t mean that they don’t require maintenance. There are many things that you can do to maintain your roof and by doing these you will be taking preventative measures to ensure that your roof stays in good working order allowing your roof to last much longer.
By taking preventative measures to maintain your roof you will also save money on costly repairs and prolong then need to get it replaced for as long as possible, so looking after your roof is definitely worth it.
Clean Debris – Gutters and drains should be cleaned regular to prevent a build of leaves and other debris building up and blocking water from draining away from the roof. Trapped water on a roof can cause a multitude of problems all of which are costly to resolve!
Regular Inspections – Every few months you should inspect your roof, or if you are unable to get on the roof or are scared of heights then you can call in your local roofer to do the inspection for you. Things you should be looking for include:
If you do find a problem with any of these things, then you should call a roofer to make the necessary roof repairs as soon as possible. If you just left any of these issues without repairing, then then you will soon learn that this was a costly mistake.
Cut Trees and Branches Back – If you have trees next to your property then it is important to keep it well maintained and any branches kept a good distance from your roof. All it would take is a bad storm and a single branch could cause a lot of damage to your roof and result in costly repairs!
Mold and Fungus – This can be tricky to spot if you don’t know what your looking for, the key is to keep an eye on the colour of your roof, look for streaks in the colour, this is a sign of mold, algae or fungus! If you leave this then it can eventually eat through the shingles and cause your roof to quickly deteriorate.
By maintaining your roof, you will not only get a lot more years use out of it, but you will save yourself money on inevitable repairs that are necessary with any neglected roofs.
If you are having problems with your roof or have noticed it needs a repair, then contact Roof Doctor Northwest today – 01253 530771