3 Tips for Preserving Your Roofs Integrity
Continuing on our previous post from 2 weeks ago about roof maintenance, this week I would like to talk about exactly how routine roofing maintenance can help preserve the integrity of your roof and what you should be doing to ensure that your roof stays in good condition as long as possible and ensure you won’t have any major roof repairs.
While you might not spend a lot time thinking about your roof, you probably should. As your home’s first line of defense against the outside elements, it is crucial in not only protecting the contents of your home but also preserving its structural integrity and ensuring the safety of your family.
Routine maintenance is the first step toward keeping your roof in good shape for years to come. While several steps are involved in thoroughly maintaining your roof, these three things are the most important when it comes to ensuring its integrity.
Maintaining the Integrity of Your Roof
Keep the Gutters Clean
When you think about your roof, you probably don’t even think about the gutters being part of it. Really, though, your gutters are nearly as important as your shingles or any other part of your roof and should be your first item to attend to during roofing maintenance. Why? Because they protect the rest of the roof. If your gutters are clogged with debris, they become heavier and pull on the roof’s fascia. A damaged fascia can be pretty pricy to repair.
Pay close attention to your downspouts, too. Make sure there is no moss or algae buildup, especially where the spout or gutters meet your roof. When present, they can slowly eat away at roofing materials and potentially comprise your roof’s integrity.
During the winter, keep an eye out for ice dams, which can actually break your gutters or even seep underneath your shingles and cause major water damage. Ice dams can be pretty tricky to remove, so your best bet is to prevent them from happening by installing heated gutters.
Take Care of Problems Early On
Checking on the condition of your roof as the seasons change and after significant storms is a good practice. Doing so can allow you to spot minor roofing repair needs and correct them before they turn into major disasters. Taking care of problems early on saves you money, and it helps to ensure the integrity of your roof. For the maximum benefit, it’s best to hire a professional roofer to repair even minor issues. DIY roof repair can be very dangerous, and if you don’t know what you are doing, your repair may not last. It’s better to pay a little extra to hire a professional and know that the job will be done safely and correctly.
Look at it this way – Would you rather spend a little money to have a minor issue repaired correctly, or would you rather do it yourself and possibly end up needing to spend a significant amount of cash in the next year or two if your repair job fails?
Don’t Ignore Your Attic
Taking care of the exterior of your roof is important, but when performing roofing maintenance you should also concern yourself with the interior. Your attic protects the underside of your roof, which is just as important as the outside. For starters, make sure your attic is properly insulated. In addition to regulating the temperature inside your home, proper attic insulation protects the underside of your roof by preventing a buildup of moisture and vapor.
Your attic also needs to be properly ventilated. If you don’t already have an attic fan, you may want to consider adding one. Proper ventilation helps keep your attic stay dry. This ensures that your rafters will stay safe from moisture damage.
Though you probably don’t spend a lot of time in your attic, taking a trip up there every once in a while to look around is a good idea. Look for water damage on your attic ceiling. Also, inspect the walls, ceiling and floor for other signs of leaks, such as mold and mildew. If you notice signs of pests in your attic, call an exterminator right away. Critters can cause severe damage to your attic and roof, so getting rid of them is crucial.
Roof Maintenance in Denver
Keeping up with your roof maintenance is as simple as making a call to the experts at 1-derful Roofing. From inspecting your roof and performing both small and large roofing repairs to installing heated gutters and more, we will help you keep your roof in the best possible condition for as long as we can. And when it is time for an upgrade, we will work with you to find the new roof that perfectly suits your style and your budget.
At 1derful Roofing, we are your full-service Denver roofer. For service, please call 303-984-7663. We look forward to hearing from you!