Even with our modern advances, weather causes billions of dollars of damage from coast to coast. Because roofs help repel that weather, they take a big and costly portion of the damage.
And if you didn’t know, roof damage is insanely expensive to repair.
If you’re looking to spend your money on something other than roof repairs, it’s important you prepare long before the pesky rainy or winter seasons.
To help out we’ve pulled together five tips to prevent seasonal weather taking a toll on your roof. Read on to learn how to save money with a bit of good ol’ prudence, courtesy of the professionals.
Remove Debris From the Roof
Anything lingering on the roof poses a threat. Are there any limbs–big or small–hanging out in a corner or other hard-to-reach place? Leaves, twigs, and moss can spread mold as they decay and, worse, can cause a drainage block.
Water that’s plugged up will pool around these drainage blocks and potentially seep down between the shingles or grooves into your roof. And once water damage happens, you can start pulling out the credit cards.
Remove Dead or Dying Tree Limbs Near the House
How near are we talking? Well, are there any leaning tree limbs hanging over the house? Are there any close enough that could be torn down and tossed through a window during a storm?
Take a walk around your property or take a look up into all the trees around your house. Research how to detect dead or dying trees–looking for signs such as missing bark, lack of leaves in a time of growth, and fungus.
Clean the Gutters
Prepare ahead of storms by cleaning out the gutters (something you should do on occasion anyway). Remove any leaves, twigs, and debris to prevent the stopping up of drains and water seeping into the roof.
Moisture and rot are potential problems for your roof when the gutters are backed up. And consider if there’s rain before suddenly colder weather: all that backed up water will freeze and expand, causing further roof damage.
Fix Damaged Shingles
To avoid having to fix the whole roof, if you see a cracked, bent or broken shingle fix it right away. The roof soaks up a lot of the hot sun rays and can dry out or become damaged by plenty of factors other than storms.
Don’t underestimate the general wear and tear of individual singles, and don’t think that the whole roof will need to be replaced at once. Sometimes just spot treatment is needed for upkeep.
Keep Attic Space Insulated
You’ll want to keep up the insulation under the roof to further prevent any water from seeping in. Also, the insulation is an especially beneficial tool for winter homes that see a large buildup of snow.
If snow isn’t removed or doesn’t naturally blow away, uninsulated attics move hot air upwards and will melt snow, causing more potential leakage.
Prevent Roof Damage with Routine Maintenance
You probably haven’t considered the detriment it would be to lose or have to replace your roof. Apart from being costly and annoying, roof damage is extremely dangerous for anyone beneath it.
You should maintain your roof with consistent upkeep year-round, regardless of the season or threat of a storm.
Check out more beneficial tips and tricks from the experts at Davis Roofing and Construction here on our blog!