8 Roof Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Know

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If you own your own home, you know how important it is to maintain your roof. Replacing a roof can be very expensive. Proper maintenance can keep you from needing to call commercial contractors to fix or replace your roof.

Roof Maintenance Tips Everyone Should Do:

  • Check over your roof on a regular basis. This should be done at a minimum of twice a year. In early spring, check the roof for any damage done over the winter by snow or ice. In late fall, you should check for leaves and other debris that may have fallen into the gutters and on your roof. If you come across any problem areas, call a commercial conrtactor to check it out. The sooner you catch a problem, the easuer it will be to fix. You should not walk on the roof unless you absolutely have to. Every year or so you should have commercial contractors inspect your roof. They know what to look for.
  • Prune your trees. If you have trees around your home, make sure the limbs are not hanging over or resting on your roof of any of the shigles on your house. Anything can can break off and harm your roof should be cut. This goes for all of the trees in your yard. If you have some that are not right next to your home that have branches that look weak, you should prune them as well.
  • Check your home for damage done by animals. Racoons, squirrels, chipmunks and birds can all make themselves a new home in and under your roof. If there is any point on your roof that has been worn away and the animals can get in, they will. They will create more damage and make the original damage worse.
  • Keep an eye out for other pests. When you check your roof in the spring for damage, look for any evidence of termites. You may see a swarm of the bugs themselbes or just find evidence they around. Look for sawdust, shredded wood and bug feces. If you see any of these, call a professional exterminator and commercial contractors to work on your roof.
  • Check out your attic. If you have an unfinished attic, checm the ceiling for signs of water damage and any signs that animals or insects have been living in your roof.
  • Check your home for lost shingles. If you live in an area that has a lot of storms, your home may suffer from some wind damage. Look around the house for lose chingles and anything that has been blown off of your house. Walk around your house and check for that. If you find a bunch of shingles after a storm, you should go ahead and check the roof. Every time you have a strong storm you should inspect your home and roof for damage.
  • Do not forget to check your flashing. This is the material that is installed around the exhaust pipes, chimneys and vents. It is particularly vulberable to damage from rain and wind. It can also be a prime area for leaks. This is one area that if often overlooked by homeowners. If you are not sure what to look for with the flashing, talk to commercial contractors about what flashing is supposed to look like..

Your roof is a very imrptant part of yout home’s structure. There is a reason the United States roofing industry generates at least $46 billion each yeasr. If you find you do need a commercial contractor to replace your roof, have the enture thing redone. If you put a new roof on top of an old roof, it will shave about 20% of the life expectancy of the new roof.

If you are about to sell your home, deciding what big projects should be done and what can wait is a hard one. Experts agree that replacement windows are always safe to do. Homeowners typically get back between 73 and 77% of what they invested in that project. If your home needs it, you should also go ahead and hire someone to do a roof replacement. When potential buyers look at your house, they will have the roof inspected and that could cost you a sale.

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