I’ve talked about maintaining your home many times on this blog; in fact it's one of our most popular topics. Today, I want to put the focus firmly on one particular area of home maintenance: your roof.
Every home has a roof (duh!) but does every homeowner maintain their roof? More to the point, do you even know how or why you should look after your roof? The majority of us don’t realize how important it is to take care of the roofing system that sits atop our home. With that in mind, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide on roof maintenance that includes why you should maintain your roof, how to do it and other important things to be aware of.
Everything You Need To Know About Roof Maintenance
Why Do You Need To Maintain Your Roof?
A roof inspection is easily one of the most critical things to perform when it comes to your home's exterior. Inspecting your roof now can help to avoid enormous issues in the future. Rain, snow, wind and storms all play a part in potential roof damage, but if you know what to look for when inspecting your roof, the easier it will be to be proactive with maintenance.
As mentioned, your roof provides protection from weather, notably rain or snow, but also heat, wind and sunlight. Without a roofing system, your home would be un-insulated and exposed to the elements. Did you know that your roof also plays a very vital role when it comes to insulating your home? A poorly insulated roof can cause problems such as the formation of ice dams around the overhanging eaves in cold weather, causing water from melted snow to penetrate the roofing material. This can result in structural damage from stress, including the destruction of gutter and drainage systems. When damages occur, and holes or cracks start to appear, your insulation is jeopardized. As a consequence, your heating bills begin to soar throughout the winter season, as does your cooling bills in summer. Additionally, you run the risk of interior water damage from leaks through cracks and tears in the roofing material, putting yet another another strain on your wallet.
By looking after your roof, you can keep your home nicely insulated, free from damage and safe from the elements.