You do not need a superpower to damage your roof – you can do that even while you sleep. Sounds weird, right? Simply forgetting regular maintenance is enough to damage your roof. In fact, a lack of maintenance is the reason behind most roof collapses. Whether you have an old roof or are about to install a new one, you need to get it inspected and repaired regularly. Are you worried about having ignored your roof for so many years? Don’t worry, there is still something you can do. Here is a list of common roof damages and solutions that can extend its longevity.
How You Are Responsible for Damaging Your Own Roof and What Can Be Done
- Pruning Trees: Roof care and management does not solely involve taking care of your roof. It also involves predicting environmental hazards that can lead to its damage. Storms, for instance, are a big danger to your roof’s health. Falling branches from storm-damaged trees are a key source of roof damage. So, it is better to cut down any potential threats overhanging your roof before you hear that ominous cracking sound.
- Timely Roof Inspections: They say that time is the great destroyer. And, indeed, when you forget to inspect your roof, chances are that time will destroy it. The real problem begins when your attic starts leaking. Do you have a sloped roof? Check for loose shingles. Have a flat roof? Beware of water clogging. Annual or biannual roof inspections are a good idea but are best left to professional roofers.
- Decorating the Roof: Skylights look great but their installation in your roof presents challenges to its integrity, longevity and safety. Cutting through that top layer can leave it open to harm wrought by snow accumulation. In such cases, sealant is a necessity to protect your home.
- Unnoticed Gutter Clogging: Snow piled high on your roof and icicles hanging down makes for a romantic look in winter, but your gutters might beg to differ. The weight of snow and ice can bend gutters and disturb water flow. As snow starts to melt, that is when your gutters really get to work. If you have never thought about these small details before, you should probably get in touch with a professional roofer to save your gutters. As we live in Canada, you may even consider opting for a gutter heating system to avoid ice clogging. Fancy!
Less fancy is fallen leaves that rot and block drains completely. That leads to water accumulating on your roof and, eventually, leakage. Expert supervision is a good way to prevent clogging and subsequent roof damages. Or take care of blocked drains yourself by removing leaves and other debris, especially during the fall.
- Repair and Replace as and When Required: If it is not strong enough, you may find yourself replacing your roof every ten years. To that end materials you choose to construct your roof matter a lot. But these can be costly. Therefore, if you have not installed a roof that will last a long time, it is wise to have it repaired annually and replaced every decade by an expert. This will ensure that you get quality materials and that the construction is done properly.
- Ignoring Climatic Changes and Its Effects: Your roof needs regular inspections. You should also keep an eye on weather conditions. Is a big storm about to hit your place? Remember, weather damage accumulates, so it is a good idea to schedule your inspection before any real calamity hits your area. Technology has made natural disasters (mostly) predictable but pay attention to your local weather app and plan your roof inspections accordingly.
- Hiring the Wrong Contractor: This can be an unwitting way to inflict damage to your roof: hiring a so-called expert who claims to know everything about roof repair and replacement but does not. When you are planning to hire an expert to take care of your roof, check their license, ask about their work experience and scope out their online reputation.
For instance, if you want to install a flat roof, you need to be sure that it is properly constructed. Flat roofs are not entirely flat and are in fact sloped to pass water through drains. These slopes need to be constructed properly to pass that water properly. Otherwise, there will be a permanent water stagnation problem that leads to leaks. Choosing a good roofing contractor is, therefore, one of the most important ways to maintain your roof.
You can choose whichever roof style and material you want, but your roof will remain vulnerable to damage if left without proper maintenance. It is, therefore, important to get timely inspections, cut down branches hanging over your roof, think twice before cutting through it, and make repairs and replacements at the right time. And be sure to choose a contractor who can repair and replace your roof efficiently.