Your roof is one of the largest parts of your home, and it often takes the brunt of weather damage, protecting your family and belongings in the process. The constant exposure to the elements makes your roof vulnerable to damage, so regular inspections are crucial in order to avoid deterioration.
Having your roof regularly inspected may seem like a financial burden you don’t want to take on, but ensuring it is in good condition will likely save you from sustaining roof damage and incurring unexpected costs in the future.
Beyond inspections, there are also measures you can take to minimize wear and tear to your rooftop.
Tree branches that have grown out over your rooftop pose a potential problem when severe weather hits. If the branch breaks and falls on your home, your roof could sustain significant damage. And if your insurance company decides the damage was caused due to failure to maintain your property, your roof damage insurance claim could be denied. Overhanging branches should be trimmed to avoid the possibility of them falling.
INSPECT YOUR SHINGLES
Curled, cracked or missing shingles can pose a serious problem for a number of reasons. Shingles help protect the structural elements on your roof from exposure to the elements. If rainwater seeps underneath curled shingles, leaks may begin to form, causing serious damage to the interior of your home. Left unmended, a few deteriorating shingles can often lead to the deterioration of others. When water is able to permeate the surrounding shingles, and they are exposed to more sun, it often causes them to loosen. Hiring a professional to address any deteriorating shingles may save you from a water damage insurance claim later on.
CHECK FOR LEAKS
You could be experiencing a leak in your roof if you’ve noticed water stains or bulging sections on your interior walls or ceilings. Bulges caused by water damage can quickly spread if left unattended, eventually bursting and leaving behind a watery mess. Placing a bucket underneath the section and puncturing the center of the bulge will release the pressure and prevent a possible collapse, containing the damage.
WASH YOUR ROOF
A simple but effective way to maintain your roof is by washing it. The exposure to constant precipitation and elements can lead to the accumulation of dirt and algae on your roof. Using too much pressure on your roof, however, can loosen or blow shingles off, so it’s important to use low pressure for this process. Hiring a professional power washer may be the best solution for some homes, because balancing on a roof while managing a pressure washer can be dangerous and could lead to a fall.
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