Being aware of the conditions of the roof on top of our heads is not something that is common for most of us. Usually, we forget that this asset of our house needs a little bit of attention as well. A bad roof can cause real trouble when it comes to the integrity of our walls and overall house health. Roofs that haven’t been well maintained may cause harmful and life-threatening living conditions such as mold.
Mold is a silent health degenerator and can be especially harmful for infants. Before getting into expensive health care costs, you might want to follow the tips listed down below to keep your roof well maintained and extend its life; in addition to saving yourself a significant amount of money on other expenses that may result as an outcome of a badly shaped roof.
Tips on preserving and extending your roof’s life
1. Roof inspection
Get a professional roof inspection before the closing date on a new home in case you are a new home buyer. This way, you will be able to address any issues that may cost you a lot of money if left unattended. Also, if you already own a house, check our post next week to learn how to do a mini roof inspection yourself and save some time before calling an expert.
Landscaping the trees is just as important as it is maintaining a nice grass. Troublesome trees may cause scratching to the roof shingles, puncture and gouge the roof materials if the branches are leaning over the roof.
3. Clean the leaves
We all love the autumn look of trees and our kids might even enjoy a little play time on the crunchy leaves but, you wouldn’t want to have these colorful leaves stuck in your gutters. The accumulation of dead leaves can clog the gutters, preventing water to flow freely down the gutters and retaining moisture on the roof which may later result in mold around the house. It’s also recommended that you clean your roof at least twice per year and be on the lookout for sagging gutters or damaged drain components and repair or replace as needed.
4. Ensure the roof is built to breathe.
Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can cause sheathing and rafting to rot, roof materials to buckle and insulation to lose effectiveness. This will cause your overall roofing system to be ineffective.
5. Include insulation.
The best way to achieve appropriate ventilation and good airflow is through proper insulation. To protect a house from heat gain or loss, it’s ideal to include a gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor and a vapor retarder under the insulation next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising into the attic. Having open, vented spaces that allow air to pass freely with at least one inch between the insulation and roof sheathing is also ideal.
6. Check for signs of shingle damage.
Being exposed to everyday wear and tear from various elements can cause shingles to become dilapidated and get torn off, making a roof structure and interior space vulnerable to water and rot. Thus, it’s highly advisable for homeowners to examine roof coverings each year to ensure their integrity.