If you want to know how to effectively take care of your roof, then who better to ask then the people who do it for a living?
So, we gathered together a small, top team of roofing contractors with NRCA from Mobile, Alabama one of which is Jacob Cooner at coonerroofing.com (UPDATE: Jacob sold the website two months ago and it is now jcroofingmobileal.com, the ownership is still the same and the tips below are no less reliable). With that being said, during the interview we went ahead and bribed their crew with beer and chips and we said to them, guys if there were any roof maintenance tips that you could pass along, what would they be?
So, if you want to know how to prolong the life of your roof and protect yourself form sudden leaks, read on!
Check the Shingles!
This was the number one piece of advice across the board – and if you think about it, it kind of makes sense, right?
The shingle tiles are of course the part of the roof that is most easy to see. That is because they are providing protection from the elements to not only your home but also the rest of the roofing installation.
Therefore it makes sense that if there are problems with the shingles, there is going to be problems with the roof – they are that important.
Our roofing guys recommended inspecting the roof at least once every three months, and immediately after any adverse weather like hail, heavy rain or high winds.
Just one missing shingle should be case for concern, and should be repaired as soon as possible.
Look for Leaks
Another strong suggestion was to include a through check for leaks during any maintenance regime.
The good news about this tip is that you don’t have to climb up to the roof to check, hooray!
Though you do need to climb up into the attic, which can be a pain in the backside to say the least.
If however you can see leaks early then you are really going to save yourself a lot of time, money and hassle down the line.
Even if you can’t get up into the attic, take a look into the corners and the roof of the rooms that lie directly underneath it. Any discoloration of plaster, any peeling or bubbling wallpaper are signs that water is getting in, and the roof needs to be repaired.
Protect the Roof
Here’s a more practical, non-observational tip which is to inspect your roof and make sure it is as protected as possible from anything that could cause it to come to harm.
Now, there is of course not much you can do about the weather. However, there is another danger to your roof that you can tackle – trees.
If you have any trees on your property, make sure to keep them trimmed back as much as possible.
Even if they weren’t directly overhanging your roof, you would be surprised how far a heavy branch can travel if it snaps off in high winds. Any impact damage is going to decimate your roof, as the shingles are just not designed to survive an impact like that, so keeping you trees under control can be a great way to protect your roof long term.
All in all, it may seem like pretty straightforward advice, but it will help you to care for your roof in the long term. Remember though, that probably the best advice to remember is to not be shy about calling in help from the professionals as soon as possible.
If they can help you to stop problems early, then they are going to save you a lot of cash!