The roof on your home is an investment that you want to last. If you’re not careful though, replacing or repairing your roof can end up being a costly solution to keeping your home livable and safe. Can you as the owner take steps to reduce costs? Yes!
You’re in your home most every day, and It’s important to keep an eye on things so that if your roof does need attention you can call Bone Dry Roofing for help before damage escalates. Bone Dry Roofing does recommend that you have your roof inspected by a licensed, insured professional roofing contractor at least once a year. Don’t forget to ask for qualifications and references and insist on using a company that has a service dept that offers preventative maintenance plans for your roof. Extending your roof’s longevity is a function of maintaining the roof proactively. The most important and cost-effective way to do that is with a preventative maintenance program. Bone Dry Roofing is happy to assist you— get in touch with us today. In the meantime, here are some additional tips for staying on top of your roof (not literally!) all year round.
Look Up From Inside and Outside for Roofing Issues
Do regular visual inspections from the ground— especially following a big storm or heavy winds. Taking a regular peek at the roof of your home provides the opportunity to detect missing or damaged shingles or moss and algae growth at the onset, making it easier and less expensive to take care of before things get worse.
Don’t forget to do the same visual inspection indoors. Roof leaks will materialize quickly after rain or snow, but you may not know they’re there until a storm hits. Make it a habit to look around in every room after heavy rain, and yes that means your attic!
Keep Your Trees Trimmed & Gutters Clear
Yard maintenance and roof maintenance go hand in hand. The more tall trees with overhanging branches you have in your yard the more opportunity for roof damage caused by those trees. Trimming back branches eliminates the chance that one of those could fall on your roof. Although there’s always the risk that a tree could fall on your home, being proactive about what you can trim back is a great place to start. If a tree is dead or dying, or a wee bit too close for comfort, it might be worth removing or transplanting it.
It may come as a surprise, but clogged gutters can significantly affect the health of your roof. If water sits in your gutters it can have a negative impact and cause damage to your roof shingles and the underlying structure. Make sure you (or someone you hire) cleans out your gutters at least twice a year, especially in advance of hurricane season. Avoiding build-up is crucial to keeping your roof healthy. Again, this isn’t just an aesthetic recommendation— regularly cleaning your gutters can save you big!
Listen To Warning Signs
If you hear something, do something! Keep an ear out for rodents and squirrels in your attic and as soon as you suspect their presence call in an expert. If you see or hear signs of small animals, termites, or other pests, take steps to remove them immediately. They can cause serious damage to your roof as they chew and use materials to make their home.
Bone Dry Roofing To The Rescue
While we hope you don’t suffer any serious damage to the roof on your home, we’re here to help when you need us. Bone Dry Roofing will be there for you in the event that you need to re-roof or repair your existing structure on the double, and done right. Get in touch with us today about your next residential or commercial roofing project.