With all of the daily hustle and bustle, it’s easy to lose sight of the most important exterior essentials that protect your home. While most asphalt roof systems are designed to safeguard your house for roughly 15 years, the National Roofing Contractors Association recommends bi-annual roof inspections- during the spring and fall.
Here are the most important roofing tips to remember:
Getting a professional roof inspection before buying a home is a great way to save time and prevent the need for costly repairs down the road, which can also be a plus if/when you decide to sell your new home.
Trim the trees
It’s important not to overlook leaning branches seeking companionship with your roof, as they can scratch and gouge your roof materials. Trim back and remove any branches getting too close to your roof to prevent damaging or puncturing your shingles.
The best way to achieve appropriate ventilation and good airflow is through installing proper insulation. To protect a house from heat gain or loss, include a gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor and a vapor retarder under the insulation next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising into the attic. Having vented spaces that allow air to pass freely is also ideal.
Safeguard against streaking
Roof areas, generally the northern part, exposed to shade during long periods of humidity eventually become streaked with mold, algae or fungus. Left unchecked, this buildup can deteriorate the roofing material. Consider installing zinc strips along the ridge of the roof to stay protected.
While making roof repairs yourself can save money, it’s not something that should be taken lightly. Anytime you’re making repairs, be sure to stay on a firmly braced ladder equipped with rubber safety feet; if you decide to walk on the roof, wear rubber-soled shoes to prevent slipping.
Source: Great Day Improvements