Roofs are our protectors from the rain, sun, snow, sleet, hail, and a slew of other hazards that would likely hinder our well-being if not kept outside. A leaky roof can cause all kinds of damage to your home in ways you may not have considered. Roofing is one of our areas of expertise, so we put together a list of simple steps you can take to ensure the life of your roof.
Clean Your Gutters
Letting your gutters get clogged with leaves and debris is not only putting the gutters at risk, but you’re also putting your roof in danger of rotting. Gutters that get clogged create a backup of water and mold that can do a great deal of damage to your shingles.
All you need is a ladder, some gloves, and some time to avoid disaster. A heavy gutter could separate from the fascia, which will also allow for water to enter your home. Ignoring this step could cost you more money than necessary.
Keep Trees Trimmed
Trees are lovely, and we wouldn’t be able to survive without them. But their branches can grow heavy and old. They can also break off during heavy winds and land on the roof. If you keep your trees trimmed and pay attention to their health, you’ll be able to lengthen the life of your roof.
Get Your Roof Inspected
The only way to honestly know what’s going on with your roof is to have it inspected by a professional. We have experts available to help you if this is a step you’re ready to take. To know what’s going on over your head, we suggest you have a roof inspection at least one time a year. Maintenance is essential for the upkeep of anything.
Have it Repaired When Needed
If your inspection finds that there are issues, it’s a good idea to have them taken care of right away. You don’t want to let things like leaks or tears go. If you do, you’re only inviting more trouble in and a more significant job down the road. Water can do tremendous damage, so patch up holes as soon as you find them.
Remove the Snow
Winters can be harsh, and snow tends to be heavy when we let it accumulate. In Rhode Island, we get our fair share of winter downfalls, so we understand. There are a few ways you can remove snow from your roof without having to climb up there. You can purchase a roof rake or use a de-icer, but the goal is to lessen the weight and wetness snow puts on your roof.
It’s essential to take care of the things that take care of us, and the roof of your home is one of the most prominent unsung heroes of your life. Do it, and yourself a favor, and keep up with its upkeep. As you can see from our list, prevention is vital when extending the life of your roof.