When it comes to their roof most homeowners know that it is there and that it keeps them dry. They don’t think much about the roof of their home until there is an issue. Not thinking about your roof until there is an issue can turn out to be a very costly mistake.
There are a few things every homeowner should know in regards to their roof and its maintenance. Knowing and adhering to these simple truths can save you a lot of time and costly repairs.
- Know the age of your roof: Knowing the age of your roof can help you to prepare for future maintenance that may be needed. It provides valuable information as to how much longer your roof will last.
- Know how your roof is ventilated: A roof that is not properly vented can cause mold and mildew and eventually lead to rotting wood and leaks. Proper ventilation is a must in maintaining your roof and protecting the investment you have made in your home.
- Keep all warranty information on file: Having and knowing the terms and conditions of your warranty on your roof can save you a lot of grief if do issues arise.
- Keep roof clear of fallen limbs and debris: even small amounts of debris can damage your shingles or your gutter system.
- A leak does not always mean a hole: When it comes to a leak most causes are not obvious. Most leaks come from trouble spots such as pipe boots, flashing, valleys, or even around skylights.
- Keep your gutter clear: Build-up in gutters can cause leaks and mold as well as other damage to your home.
- An annual roof inspection: Having an annual roof inspection by a professional is a preventative measure that will save you in costly repairs in the long run. In having this inspection those “trouble areas” we discussed earlier will be inspected as well. This will help in preventing leaks and damage in the interior of your home.
- DIY roof repairs can cost you more later: Something to keep in mind with your roof is that DIY repairs don’t always end well and may cost more money in the long run. When it comes to your roof protect your investment. Spending a small amount of money to repair your roof right the first time will save you money in the long run.
- Your roof won’t last forever: Proper maintenance will extend the life of your roof, however, eventually replacing a roof is inevitable in order to maintain your investment in your home.
As a homeowner knowing how to maintain your investment in your home is key. Weather it comes to your roof or any other part of your home, as they say “knowledge is power” and in this case money! Maintaining your roof can also maintain your pocketbook.
Kelly Christian is not only a team member of Thrush & Son: Complete Home Improvement Company in Dayton, Ohio and Troy, Ohio, but she is a wife, a mother of two (soon to be three) and is working towards her degree in Ministry. Kelly brings a great wealth of knowledge not only when it comes a woman’s perspective, but also when it comes to working with customers and any questions or concerns that they may have regarding the home improvement industry.