The roof over your head protects you, your home, and your belongings. It’s also one of the most expensive aspects to your home, and it’s something that every homeowner will inevitably need to replace at some point. A good roof can last a “lifetime”, but many do not. In order to ensure the life of your roof, it is important to maintain it properly. An unmaintained roof will not last. There are routine things that can be done to ensure you are getting to most life out of your roof.
Clean Your Gutters: Gutters drain the water away from your home and protect from dry rot. But gutters cannot do their job if they are clogged with dirt and debris. Clogged gutters can cause major damage to a home’s structure. Gutters that are too full can fall and pull off fascia board in the process. For your roof, clogged gutters can cause a roof leak. When the gutters are filled and clogged, water does not drain off the roof as it’s suppose to, instead it backs up under the roofing material. After years of this, the felt deteriorates and can cause a roof leak. Always make sure your gutters are clean of debris to prevent this type of damage.
Seal Flashings: Most roof leaks are caused by improperly sealed roof flashings. The metal roof flashings are made to provide extra protection in week areas like around roof penetrations (pipes, chimneys), in valleys, and when a roof meets a wall. If the flashing was installed incorrectly to begin with, chances are there will be a roof leak. Even if the flashing was installed correctly, grommets may pop up and the flashing my lift over time. Also, sealant around flashings may deteriorate. Inspecting the roof flashings to make sure they are still properly sealed on a yearly basis will help prevent leaks.
Clean Your Roof: Just like with gutters, a roof filled with dirt and debris is likely to leak. This is even more truthful with tile roofs. In a tile roof, the valley areas are very weak, because a tile will allow dirt and debris to get underneath it clogging the valleys. A valley filled with dirt and debris will cause water to back up, deteriorated felt and causing a leak.
Inspect Your Roof: Inspecting your roof is a necessary part of maintaining its life. Regularly inspecting it can help you determine weak areas, before they become a problem. Besides inspecting for dirt and debris, or lifting flashings, inspect for broken tile, missing shingles or anything else unusual. Determining whether you have a squirrel problem early enough can save you thousands of dollars. Rodents like squirrels like to bury their treasures underneath roof tiles, they tend to scratch up the felt and cause leaking. Finding nests in your tile early enough, before the rodents cause their damage will save your roof.
With just regular maintenance you can save yourself thousands of dollars on roof repairs. Maintaining your roof will extend the life of it, or at least prolong it until you can be more equipped to replace it. A roof is an expensive aspect, but it is a necessary part of protecting your home, make sure you are getting the most life of your roof by maintaining it properly.