With the possibility of brutal summers and winters due to climate change, roof damage is both a problem and an opportunity. If you supply your home and have a roof in good condition, keep it that way by preventing damage as the winter season approaches. As we have observed in some of our spring and summer seasons, hail proves to be the most damaging weather phenomenon that often occurs during our Midwest storms. Torrential rains and storm debris can also threaten the strength of your roof, often causing damage that is not immediately visible. With professional roofers, you can prevent and better monitor your roof’s condition and avoid high costs when choosing what to do when selling your home. Not only will you avoid current headaches, but also future problems.
Repair Damaged Shingles Right Away
Over time, you will find that your shingles are broken, curled, or missing. In this case, there are several options before attempting to replace your shingle roof completely. Roof servicing can prolong the life of your roof by up to 15 decades. If a replacement is necessary, it is ideal to have an expert replace the shingles until they cause leaks or other problems in your home.
If a sealant was not used when the roof was installed, the flashing might no longer be waterproof. Consult a professional if you think the bonds need to be replaced and if you are planning to renovate your home.
Clean Gutters Regularly
Roofs are designed to keep out snow and water. However, when debris builds up in the gutters, the roof cannot dry properly, shortening its lifespan. Learning how to clean your gutters yourself can save you from hiring an expert, but you should consider outsourcing the job if your home has more than one floor. If you opt for DIY, you’ll have to clean the gutters every summer with steady steps and a pair of thick work gloves. You guessed it: all that water will probably get painted on the edge of your roof. It prevents further damage to your roof and prolongs its life by regularly clearing your gutters of leaves and sticks.
Remove Debris Immediately
One of the best – and most overlooked – ways to care for your roof is a visual inspection. The perfect time to do this is in the summer, just after the previous season’s brutal weather has passed. Inspect the flashing from the attic for weak spots. Look for damaged or loose shingles and discoloration. Any problems you see (inside or out) may be a sign of a larger problem. So don’t attempt repairs without consulting a roofer. The slope or stone on your roof may seem harmless, but if you wait long enough, it could puncture or damage your roof in some way.