One of the most important exterior components of a home, the roof, is often overlooked and neglected. As a roof protects the interior of the home from debris, water, and other natural elements, it's no surprise that it collects a lot of these things over the years. Without proper cleaning and maintenance, this debris can lead to a reduced lifespan and an unsightly exterior, and can cost you hundreds in unused energy savings.
Increase the Lifespan of Your Roof
You probably have a warranty in place with your roofing contractor. Don't wait until there are visible signs of wear and damage, such as leaking, before you make a call to your contractor. When you clean your roof, you're able to catch small issues with the roofing that, when caught early on, can be fixed. Don't void your warranty by failing to maintain your roof.
One of the most important aspects to be inspected are the interrupted spaces in your roofing, such as where it meets the chimney. Warped or damaged pieces here can lead to moisture accumulation inside your home which can be irreversible. Other aspects to check will depend on the roofing material used. Asphalt roofing, for example, is prone to warping and deterioration, which can be caught early on by looking for discoloration and clumping of the asphalt.
Keep Your Home Looking Beautiful
Accumulation of debris, bare patches, and water staining can be seen from below. Don't let your home's roof become the eyesore of the neighborhood.
To avoid these embarrassing problems, it's important to be sure your roof's drainage system is working properly. Debris can cause a backup of water, called ponding, which not only causes damage, but can lead to visible warping and discoloration as well.
Get All the Benefits that Come with Your Home's Roof
Aside from protecting your home from the elements, roofing can also provide energy efficient cooling by reflecting the rays of the sun. When your roof is improperly cleaned and drained, your roof is unable to reflect the sun as it was meant to do. This means you paid for something that you aren't reaping the benefits of.
Don't throw away your money—get all of the benefits promised to you by your roofing contractor. Keep your roof free of buildup and able to drain itself, and you can save on energy costs.
A warranty is an agreement between you and your residential roofing contractor—as long as you keep up your side of the work (biannual maintenance), they'll fix any roofing issues that occur within the warranty's time frame. Don't allow your warranty to become void—clean your roof regularly to increase its lifespan, keep it looking beautiful, and keep it working as it should.
My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.