Waiting to fix roofing issues is bound to increase the cost of repairs significantly. Worse yet, a lot of common problems can go unnoticed to the untrained eye. Catching a problem at the onset is the best way to avoid hefty repair bills. Considering this, what can you as a homeowner do to keep a small problem from becoming a costly disaster? Here are some tips for preventing the most common roofing problems.
Periodic Roof Inspection
A quick and simple inspection is something that you can feasibly do on your own. That said, it is highly unlikely that you can catch every issue without the proper knowledge. When inspecting your roof for possible damage, it is very important that you do not try to walk around it on your own. A roof is full of many different pitfalls that a trained professional knows how to avoid. However, if you still plan to inspect your own roof, here are some of the most noticeable signs of a problem:
- Damaged or Missing Shingles: The damage may be just wear and tear on the shingle itself or it could be something underneath that is causing the damage, especially if the shingle(s) is(are) showing water damage
- Moss or Lichen: This growth could be the sign of decay and molding from beneath
- Cracks: Even the smallest crack can signal the beginning of more dire issues
- Discoloration: Much like moss or algae growth, discoloration can be a sign of water damage that is eating away at the foundation of your roof
- Sagging: This is possibly the most worrisome indicator that there is something wrong with your roof; do not ignore or avoid this warning sign or you may end up with a collapsed roof
If you notice any of the above issues, contact a professional immediately to do a proper inspection before the damage gets any worse. Further, it is advisable to have a professional conduct a routine inspection at least once every other year. If you cannot remember the last time you had a professional roof inspection, it is probably a good sign that one is due.
While most maintenance should be done by a roofing expert, here are a few things that you can do to help prevent damage:
- Keep Trees Pruned: A tree’s shadow can keep moisture from evaporating and lead to water damage. Branches can also fall and damage a roof, especially during a storm. Finally, an overhanging tree branch gives easy access to any number of tree dwelling pests that can harm your roof in many different ways.
- Keep Your Roof Clutter Free: Items left on your roof can keep your roof from drying properly and can form water spots, practically guaranteeing water damage (Plus, a cluttered roof is unappealing; don’t be that neighbor)
- Clean Your Gutters: Clogged gutters prevent natural waterflow and will cause standing water, creating a hotbed for bugs and other issues
A Few Closing Words
Do you think it is time for an inspection? Did your own cursory inspection uncover some issues that need addressing? Or, do you just have some questions about roof maintenance? Feel free to contact us to discuss your options. No matter your need, The Roof Clinic has you covered.
Finally, before you decide to repair any issues on your own, we suggest you check out our Hazards of DIY Roofing article. It may make you think twice.