If you want to keep your house in tip-top condition without spending long hours and paying lots of money to maintain it, you need to act quickly when you spot a problem. The roof is one such area of importance. Here are some of the most basic aspects that you should check up on regularly.
The frequency with which you need to replace the different parts of your particular roof will depend on the material. Metal roofs, for example, are very durable and typically do not need replacements for a long time. Shingles, on the other hand – like those made out of slate, tile, asphalt, or wood – will need to be replaced regularly. Even though they are designed to last you for a while, check every couple of months for missing pieces. Chipped shingles might be a cosmetic nuisance, whereas whole missing shingles can sometimes allow water or pests to enter your attic space.
Just about every home has gutters lining the roof and leading to the ground and the street. They act to funnel rainwater into proper channels and street grates. Over time, they tend to get quite grimy and disgusting. You should clean them every so often for both cosmetic and health reasons. Over months and years, they also can sometimes build up a generous amount of detritus – leaves, twigs, dirt, nests, and more – that can block the gutter. You should clear your gutters twice a year to prevent them from getting clogged.
Leaking is a possibility anywhere in your house, of course (most particularly through your doors or windows) but your roof is more likely to develop a leak than just about anywhere else. Look for mold or discoloration in your attic and basement. You can also check ceilings and walls for warping and moisture. These clues will help you zero in on hard-to-find leakage. Repairs can range from relatively simple to complicated and expensive – but regardless, you don’t want to ever put them off. Get them fixed as soon as you can reasonably afford it.
Your roof is the primary protection of your home from the elements. Especially in areas with more extreme weather cycles, you need to keep an eye out for possible issues. Better and more vigilant maintenance will mean a better roof and a better home.
Read more: The Benefits of Having Your Roof Maintained