Protecting your home from the elements is essential to avoid expensive repair bills and structural damage. Rain, wind and snow can wreak havoc on your property making it susceptible to leaks, mold and damaged guttering. Your roof is your home’s first line of defense against bad weather, and performing regular checks to ensure it is in good condition is essential. If you are not sure what to look for when inspecting your roof, the following guide will help you spot any potential problems before they start.
According to Angie’s List, one of the most common causes of roof damage is clogged downpipes and guttering. Clearing your gutters of fallen leaves, moss and mud at least once a year is essential to avoid rot. Start by removing the majority of leaves and debris from your gutters using plastic gloves. Clean the gutters and downpipes using a high-pressure water hose, and check that the water flows freely into the drain below. Next, check that all of the guttering and downpipes are securely fastened to your home and that there are no leaks present.
If you are able to, climb onto your roof to inspect shingles, flashing and chimneys. Look for any broken or missing shingles or any that have begun to curl around the edges. Check that there is metal flashing around joints, chimneys, pipes and any other places where water can seep in. Squirrels, birds and other forms of wildlife can cause damage to your home’s exterior, so always check behind downpipes and other structures for nests. Once you have finished inspecting the outside of your home, take a moment to inspect the interior. Damp spots or mold on your ceilings could be a sign that water is leaking through from your roof. Be sure to check for signs of rodents or birds that may have decided to set up home in your attic.
If your roof is extremely old or in need of extensive repair, then you may be better off replacing it altogether. There are many economic options available for replacing an entire roof, and some materials can even improve the energy efficiency of your home which will save you money over time. You could also opt for an environmentally friendly roof that is made using only sustainable materials. Although repairing or replacing your roof can be sometimes be expensive, it is vital to carry out any work as soon as possible to protect your home. A leaky roof can lead to rot or structural damage which will cost several thousands to repair and take much longer than simply replacing shingles. According to specialists at Koopman Roofing, cedar shakes are the most durable roofing products available on the market.
Inspecting your roof can be a dangerous task, so never attempt it yourself unless you are confident that you can do it safely. If you are unable to climb onto your roof yourself to perform an inspection, you may want to hire a professional to do the job for you. Most companies offer a thorough annual inspection and will even clean guttering and downpipes and replace any broken shingles. Never attempt to perform any repairs yourself without the proper safety equipment.