When talking about building a house, we often hear the term “start with a strong foundation.” This statement is very true, especially considering many of us use this saying in many aspects of life, not just in regard to a house. With all this focus on the foundation, it’s no wonder that many of us forget about our roof.
Our roofs protect and shelter everything within our homes. They not only protect us, but also all of the belongings that we have worked so hard to obtain or that have been handed down to us. Even as homeowners we may be prone to forget about maintaining our roofs, so here are some helpful tips to make sure your roof stays in good shape.
Asphalt shingles are one of the most popular roofing materials in a world with a plethora of options to choose from. With proper maintenance, asphalt roofs can last around 15 to 20 years. Within those 15 to 20 years, however, it is advised to have your roof inspected by a professional every 3 to 5 years. A professional will be able to notice signs of damage or areas of concern that the average homeowner would overlook.
Cleaning your gutters is one of the most important maintenance habits you should be doing for the well-being of your house. Neglecting your gutters could lead to a leak in your roof, as well as possible damage to the interior of your house. Even a small water leakage could lead to something as hazardous as mold.
Watch for Causes of Roof Damage:
Generally speaking, there are not a lot of us that spend much time on top of our houses, so it may be hard to notice if something is wrong with our roofs. Your gutters overflowing or water not leaving the downspout, are both good signs that it is time to clean your gutters. Perhaps after a hailstorm many of your plants outside are severely damaged, this would be a good indicator that there could be potential hail damage to your roof, depending on the severity. Noticing some of your shingles curling would also be a sign that your roof needs maintenance or even needs to have shingles replaced.
Taking notice in even the simplest of things could mean you prevent massive damage to your home. Following these few tips could protect your roof so that your roof can keep protecting you.