10 Simple Roofing Tips
The importance of roof over our head is indisputable. It protects our home from any issues connected with the climate. Maintaining the roof in proper condition will prolong its life for many years. Besides, it will reduce the possibility of any issues with roofing (e.g. leakage), save your money and nerves. You should stick to the simple tips on maintaining the roof to protect your home and possessions from unpleasant surprises from the ceiling.
1. Monitor your roof condition minimum once in two or three years if it is relatively new and every year if your roof has already served more than 10 years. It will help you notice any issues at the initial stage. The cost of roof repair if the problem is negligible is much lower than doing up the leakage and the damaged ceiling inside the house.
2. Clean the roofing yearly. You should maintain your roof clean to avoid the possibility of water leakage. Be careful of the corrosion if you have metal roofing and check the rot if you’ve got wood shingles roofing. Wash out the dirt and fallen leaves.
3. Maintain gutters clean. In case they are filled with grime, fallen leaves and branches, they won’t be able to perform their function and the water will be constantly damaging your roof.
4. Check and change the sealing rubber in the skylights if there is a need. The sealing rubber loses its qualities under the influence of the sun, wind and precipitation. It has to be changed to prevent the leakage.
5. Inspect the drains, seams, and corners of the gutters on the matter of damage. It will save the house from the water flowing the wrong way.
6. Remove the cracked shingles and tiles if there are any and fix the new ones. Changing one or several elements will stop the development of serious issues with the roof.
7. Remove heavy snowfalls from the flat or low slope roof. Large amounts of melting snow on the flat roof may cause the leakage. Make sure to remove snow before it starts melting.
8. Flat roofs are not for walking. It can cause the damage of the roofing material; hence, it may lose its protective functions and fail to keep the water from leaking in.
9. Pay attention to the chimney. The rain or melting snow can get into the house through the chimney. It can cause damage of the walls and the ceiling by fungus.
10. Don’t try to repair the roof yourself. It may be dangerous. Besides, lacking the needed knowledge you may do only worse.
Hopefully, our tips will be useful for you and your roof will last for a long time.