Finally, you have decided to replace your roof just in time for the New Year! Congratulations! You made the right decision! However, a roof is only part of ensuring your safety. As with any investment, you need to maintain your roof properly. Still hesitant? Read on for some reasons you should look into roof maintenance.
Your roof reaches its suggested lifespan, if not longer. Depending on the material, it may last for decades. The only problem is, if not properly maintained, you won't get so long out of it. Remember, your roof is constantly subjected to the elements. Especially in our country, where the weather can be extreme, it's important to keep your roof in great shape all year long.
Maintaining curb appeal is important. After all, who doesn't want a beautiful home? A well-maintained roof adds aesthetic value to your property, increasing its value if you decide to sell it later.
This gives you peace of mind. When your roof is regularly maintained, you don't have to worry about it flying away during a storm or your family getting wet during the rainy season.
This will save you money. It may be necessary to hire a professional for some roof maintenance, but in the long run, you will save money as you will avoid costly roof repairs or worse, roof replacement.
Here are some more roof maintenance tips to guarantee that you'll have a safe and secure roof over your head for years to come.
Make sure your roof and gutters are clean.
Make sure that your roof is free of leaves and debris that may cause corrosion at least twice a year. Keeping your gutters clean is also essential as clogged gutters can cause moisture to accumulate on your roof and lead to corrosion. If left untreated for a long time, corrosion will become large and cause leaks.
Keep an eye out for algae, mold, and moss.
You may find algae, mold, and moss growing on your roof depending on its material. Since they thrive in damp environments, they usually appear during humid times of the year. If you see black or green streaks on your roof that weren't there before, algae, mold, and moss may be to blame. They can damage the integrity of your roof if left on their own. Cleaning may not be enough to remove them completely. Using bleach and water is necessary, but you need to be careful not to damage your roof more than necessary.
Have your roof inspected.
Check your roof for damage once or twice a year with a professional. An untrained eye may miss some signs of damage, so it's best to leave it to the professionals. If you don't have to do roof repairs or replacements in the future, you will save a lot of money. As the old saying goes, prevention is better than cure.
Be on the lookout for leaks.
You don't need professional help for this one since you don't have to go up on your roof. Inspect your ceiling for even the smallest signs of leaks, such as dark stains or sagging parts. These are signs of water damage, likely caused by corrosion on your roof. The signs usually appear after rain, so watch out for them during the rainy season. The sooner you get them repaired, the less damage they will sustain and the lower the costs will be.
Most homeowners ignore roof maintenance until they discover a problem with their roof. Have a regular schedule for the tips mentioned above not only for your roof or home but also for your family as they will be protected from various threats and elements.
If you haven’t done your roof maintenance yet, do it now before it’s too late. If you have any doubts, use a professional service to protect both you and your property. Contact us at APD Roofing, we are happy to be serving you.
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