From throw pillows, to area rugs, pictures and candles, we spend a lot of time and effort making the interior of our homes comfortable and well-kept. Caring for the interior of our homes is a no-brainer; it is where we spend the most time, and it is what gets the most use. Unfortunately we often overlook or even ignore maintenance on the exterior of our homes, and these problems that are ignored or put-off can snowball into even bigger problems. What’s the number one thing people overlook? You got it, the roof.
A roof is a big expense and as much as we stand by our work and the products we use, we also want you to be aware of the ways you can maintain your investment. That being said, we’ve gathered up some basic roofing tips that are sure to help with longevity…
1. Don’t paint shingles. As appealing as it might sound to spruce things up with a coat of paint, don’t do it. Paint will sacrifice the longevity of your shingles, as well as make your roof look damaged with cracking and fading. If your roof is starting to look drab or not up to par, it’s most likely time to get a new roof.
2. Keep gutters and downspouts clean. Remove leaves, sticks, and other debris often. Water can get backed up into your attic, living areas, and even infiltrate behind the fascia boards. This step also includes making sure your gutters aren’t sagging, and there aren't any damaged drain components.
3. Trim trees away from your roof. We love a good landscape, but just be vigilant as nature matures around your home. Unruly tree branches often gouge your roof materials and can lead to puncturing/ damage to shingles.
4. Safeguard against streaking. Keep an eye on the color of your roof. Humidity will eventually become streaked with mold, algae or even fungus. Check for this often because these factors will eventually deteriorate the roofing material shortening the life of the roof, which could lead to leaks and other signs of trouble.
5. Check for shingle damage. Roofs are exposed to the elements of the world every day and with this comes normal wear and tear. Shingles can become dilapidated or even get torn off. This type of damage makes the inside of your home vulnerable to the elements in which your roof is supposed to provide protection.
These are just a handful for helpful tips to keep you on your toes. Above all this, the most important thing is safety. Please remember to be careful when examining your roof, and try to do as much of your investigation and maintenance on level ground. Also, when you feel like something might be wrong, go with your gut, when in doubt just give us a call and we can assess any concerns. Don’t procrastinate, you work hard to put that roof over your head.