All Under One Roof: The Importance of Roof Maintenance
Updated: Dec 8, 2020
When it comes to your home, there are certain aspects that go beyond aesthetic appeal and cosmetic fixes. This is certainly the case when it comes to your roof and the security it provides to your home as a whole.
Your roof was built to last, on average, for 15-30 years. However, that doesn’t mean it won’t require some checkups and adjustments now and again. Naturally you want it to continue protecting the interior of your home, insulating and keeping you dry for as long as possible.
This is especially the case for sloped and shingle roofs, which at Northlake, is our specific area of expertise.
Don’t worry if this all seems like it’s going over your head (pun intended), we’ve got a list of some great ways to make sure you know exactly what you should look for when it comes to your own roof maintenance.
“Roof maintenance can also mean the difference between a repair and a replacement when there is a problem, minimizing future or unexpected costs.”
Preventing Future Problems
If you want to increase the lifespan of your home, roof maintenance is the first thing you should invest in.
Find the historical file if you can, to get an idea of when the roof was last worked on or when it was first established. If you already know the age of your roof, that can give you an idea of how soon you should consider having it worked on.
As Roof Revivers say, “Roof maintenance can also mean the difference between a repair and a replacement when there is a problem, minimizing future or unexpected costs.”
These little parts of roof maintenance, inspection, and cleaning can help you avoid more expensive repairs.
Rusts, Leaks, and Roof Rot
Depending on the fixtures of your roof and the climate you live in, you may also need to more regularly check on your roof for hidden (or not so hidden) damages that may appear over time.
Otherwise, unfortunately, you may not realize your roof even has a problem until a leak makes itself known, sometimes during a downpour or during otherwise inclement weather. However, there are some things you can do to prevent more serious damage.
With proper care, rust can be cleaned and damaged shingles can be replaced, roof algae and rot can be taken care of and flashing can be done to seal everything in and prevent future leaks.
As one worthwhile preventative measure, clean your gutters and check your attic regularly for mold and other signs of water damage. You’ll be glad you did.
Trees and Accidents
There are some things you can’t prepare for. Freak storms, excessive wind, water, and hail can appear at any time, especially in certain climates.
Your warranty is useful, and insurance can cover some weather-based damages when it comes to repairs, but it’s still a good idea to check in advance and determine exactly what it covers. Not all warranties or forms of insurance are created equal. (Our warranties last for 10 years and come with new roof installation, for example.)
In the meantime, you can do your part to ensure your home is as safe as possible from these storms by trimming any tall trees or shrubs nearby. This will prevent potentially severe damage requiring even more serious repairs.
This doesn’t mean that you definitely won’t be impacted, however, your home will likely be safer than it was previously.
Repairs: Professional and Otherwise
Sears Home Services suggests checking your roof twice a year to give yourself a “from-the-ground inspection.”
You’ll want to do this before and after the winter season specifically, to get a feel for how the roof is weathering, and if you simply need to clean the gutters or if something more serious needs tending to.
After storms and lots of rain, for example, even if there isn’t any visible damage to your roof from your perspective, you can check to see if any gutters or windowsills look like they’ve been warped or changed.
If that's the case, this is a sign you’ll need to get your roof checked out, and, when it comes to repairs, you’ll likely want it done by a professional.
At the end of the day, regular inspections and upkeep are part of what will keep your roof maintenance from turning into total upheaval. It saves you money in the long run, and extends the life of your roof, and ultimately, your home.