How to Take Good Care of Your Roof All Year Long

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How to Take Good Care of Your Roof All Year Long

The single biggest problem with the issue of roof maintenance lies in the fact that some people pay attention to their roof only when it’s already leaking. This is problematic for several reasons, most notably because, by this time, the damage to the roof and your property, in general, is already done. Those rainwater stains from the ceiling are hard to remove without a proper chemical solution and the damage to the floor and the carpet might be even greater. Moreover, a problem with your roof reduces the energy-efficiency of your home which is something you need to take care of as soon as possible. This is how to take good care of your roof all year long.

Clean your gutters regularly

Keeping your gutters clean will reduce the likelihood of roof damage, keep the pests out, prevent the likelihood of overwatering the flower beds that are beneath your home and more. If you have any cracks in your foundation, the water from the gutters might fill them and then freeze during the cold weather. This will cause cracks to expand, thus making them into an even bigger problem. Fortunately, cleaning your gutters is a simple task, provided that you develop a habit of regularly doing so.

First of all, you need some basic equipment like roof ladders, hose spray attachment and plumber’s snake. Other than this, you’ll need a hand towel and some garbage bags. Now, when it comes to the frequency of this maintenance, you should go for, at least, twice per year. Ideal times for this are late spring and early fall. On the other hand, performing a regular inspection only takes several minutes at a time (together with getting your ladders from the garage) which is why you can and should do it as often as you can. Having a clean and functional drainage system will keep the water off your roof.

Look for professional help

The next thing you need to take into consideration is that you can hire professionals to help you out. Now the cost of the repair in question will depend on the damage on the roof (the amount of work that they have to perform). Also, keep in mind that specialists in different regions don’t charge the same for the repair. This is why you might want to look at local prices before reaching out to the agency in question. Finally, the type of material that your roof is made from should also impact who you hire. So, if you have an NSW property with a lead roof, what you need to do is look for those who specialize in lead roof repairs in Sydney.

Check it from the inside

For the majority of people, roof maintenance involves work around gutters and shingles, however, what they often forget is the fact that the inside work deserves some attention, as well. We’re talking about the roof construction that can be compromised and cause your roof to get deformed or to cave in. The simplest way to perform this inspection is to go to the attic. It’s highly advised that you do this during the day, seeing as how a sign of light shining in from the roof is a sign that there’s a leak somewhere.

Keep the roof pressure-free

Remember that the kind of pressure that you can make on your roof by pressure washing it or by walking on its surface isn’t something that your roof is made for. At best, it’s built to endure some snow, however, this is the weight that’s been evenly distributed across the surface. By pressure washing or threading upon it, you’ll put concentrated pressure on brittle shingles, which already sounds like a bad idea. So, even if you have to spend some time on the roof, make sure you keep this to a bare minimum.

Painting the roof fixes nothing

Just because the roof looks mouldy or the shingles are worn out, this doesn’t mean that you should paint the roof. The paint itself may change some of the surface properties of the shingles, which will make them less effective. Other than this, painting the roof is merely a method to convince you that your roof is in a much better state than it is. Sure, replacing all the shingles is a lot of work and it’s quite expensive, however, it’s a real solution to your problem. Painting the roof is not.

When it comes to the issue of maintenance, there are two approaches that you can take. You can either fix a major problem when it happens or you can be diligent and take care of the roof all year long. Eventually, you may have to make major repairs, however, by being aware of this in time, you’ll be able to schedule, budget and plan out this repair properly. Being proactive is always better than being reactive, at least when maintenance is in question.


Ron Wolf is a hobby designer a DIY enthusiast, and a very blessed father of two. He has a strong passion for writing. If he is not working he enjoys being outside with his family.

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