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Doing Smart Roof Maintenance

Doing Smart Roof MaintenanceRoof maintenance is of so much importance for the home that to deny it would be insane. Your roof is the first defense for your home and its upkeep is of the most paramount importance.

ROUTINE INSPECTION

The first of duties regarding roof maintenance is to do a regular inspection by yourself and your contracted roofing specialist. A quick glance is first to see if any objects are embedded in the roof. Look then for missing tiles or shingles. Look also for gaps and holes. Any of these could mean disaster if not repaired immediately. Even the smallest gap or opening should be investigated with scrutiny just to be on the safe side. Gutters along the roof should be checked for stability and clogging. Any indication of damage is a signpost for immediate attention. Your roofing contractor should have a routine inspection option and if not you should ask about it or make it a priority regarding your seeking a roof maintenance specialist.

ROUTINE ROOF MAINTENANCE

Routine roof maintenance means to tend to your roof on a yearly basis. Replace missing or loose tiles or shingles and keeping the roof clean. There are lots of tools for cleaning the roof but it may be wise to have a contractor do it. At a maximum once every five years should suffice but that is only if you do your roof inspections frequently, especially after extreme weather events like storms.

ANIMALS AND INSECTS

Only water damage and wind damage surpass the damage that animals and insects can do. Animals will find your roof the same protection priority that you do. They’ll notice how warm and dry it is inside your roof and will, if not prevented, tunnel in, dig in, upend your roof just to gain access inside your home and set up shop. Raccoon, possums, squirrels, bats, are the usual culprits here and they may be difficult to detect if you can’t hear them. This calls for inspecting not only the outside of the roof but the inside. Your attic should provide access here and looking behind and under everything in your attic to discover where the critters are hiding out. Once detected, don’t take them on single handed, let the professionals do it. You may need a pest control professional first, and then a roofing pro second. The pest control expert will dispatch the invaders without doing further damage and will recommend how to clean up afterward and prevent further incursions. Insects are the big nightmare here. They can lie inside your walls without detection until it’s too late to handle things affordably. Termites especially. Bees are dangerous and only a pro pest control should be employed. Animals and insects excrete both waste and other materials that can do considerable damage to wood and other materials so that’s why you need to take care of the problem under your roof as soon as you notice them.

WEATHER DISASTERS

It’s no surprise that weather is the number one cause of roof damage. That being said, after every storm of magnitude the roof should be inspected. Use the right weatherproofing and inspect the roof and repair anything prior to each season. We never know how severe the seasons’ weather will bring but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

FINALLY

Taking care of your home through proper roof maintenance means diligence and sharp eyes.

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How to Maintain Your Roof: Saving Time and Money

How to Maintain Your Roof: Saving Time and MoneyRoof maintenance does not have to be difficult, disheartening, or impossible without shelling out tons of money to cover unwanted costs. In fact, quite the contrary, regular maintenance, and a quality roof setup are more than likely to last you at least 15 to 25 years on average. And, if you’ve just purchased a new home, then, one of your first major steps should be having either someone knowledgeable you trust, or a licensed professional come out and inspect it, to prevent any future excessive costs.

Regular inspections and basic roof maintenance like cleaning out the gutters or keeping an eye on things up there can make all the difference between making or breaking your roof.

On average, a roof will cost anywhere from $10,000 – $20,000 or more, depending on the type of roof you decide to go with, and the size of your home’s roof. For starters, an excellent routine to get into is checking the condition of your roof before and after every major season change. Also, inspect the condition of your roof tiles, gutters, and look out for any anomalies right before, and after any major storm or weather change. Often, you will be able to notice things like peeling, shattered tiles, missing tiles, cracks, or granules on your own – as you’ll know your roof better than anyone else. Although, ultimately, regular roof maintenance should include you putting special precautions in places, such as gutter screens, regular cleaning, and the unclogging of any irrigation systems tied to your roof.

Other common and effective roof maintenance are regularly inspecting your ceilings and roof for any unusual or unsafe wear and tears, such as mold – or breaking and cracks which could be serious cause for concern. Often, loose bolts or flashings are the culprit and can be easily fixed or replaced for just a few dollars – as opposed to the thousands of dollars it could cost you later on.

As far as cleaning and roof maintenance goes, you may be surprised to learn that there are several Do It Yourself (DIY) methods available using simply a broom and hose to clean up. Also, moss and mold removing cleaning agents can be helpful, and, in most cases, the majority of this type of regular cleaning and maintenance can be done for a fraction of the cost of a professional. Although, for those with less experience or a lack of tools and “know-how”, results can be poor, and it may very well be more affordable to have a professional come out and do it for the sake of preventing any accidents.

Speaking of assistance, always ensure you have a partner, or a “spotter” when using a ladder, and don’t ever rest your ladder on the gutters themselves. That is, as they are typically made of a thin metal which can bend (damaging your irrigation system), and can cause you to fall off your ladder.

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