We do not doubt that as a homeowner, you take your roof very seriously. You understand that your roof is your first and last line of defense against the weather, wildlife, and climate issues. After all, if your roof is improperly sealed and insulated, you’re going to be air conditioning and heating the air above your house, and your power bill is going to go into orbit very quickly.
Water damage is particularly nasty; we’re going to talk more about that shortly, the same for pests. We are also going to talk about a few things that you may not realize your roof can directly impact, and some of these may surprise you, while others are common sense when you stop to think about them.
However, let’s get to the point of what it is we want to discuss overall. When you think about roof maintenance, you often consider it a binary thing of either some damages happened and need to be repaired, or your entire roof needs to be replaced. It never really occurs to people that preventative maintenance is not only helpful but in the long run very financially viable.
Remember, your roof impacts your resale value, your curb appeal, and your insurance, on top of your safety. If you don’t take care of your roof, you could lose your house to damage, or building inspectors even condemning it if it becomes too unsafe.
We’re going to look at this in two sections. First, we’ll talk about some of the positive aspects of preventative maintenance, and then we’re going to talk about the various consequences of not performing these preventative maintenance actions. Remember, only a proper contractor can handle this preventative maintenance. We have decades of experience working with roofs, and if your roof doesn’t withstand the most severe weather in your area, we’re not satisfied.
First, let’s talk about the benefits of preventative maintenance for your roof. Chief among these is the harshness of weather. The sun is a giant nuclear reaction contained only by its own mass, belching out intense heat and radiation nonstop. If you’ve ever had a sunburn before, imagine that the sun is also doing that to everything else that is exposed to it as well.
Making sure that your shingles are in shape, and properly absorbing and deflecting heat is crucial to keeping your power bills low, and your house comfortable, as well as preventing nastier damage your insulation, decking, and much more.
In line with this, it’s also an opportunity to fix up your gutters and downspouts, which eventually begin to warp and bend from heat, and the weight of water. If your shingles start to lose granules, these can also start to clog up your gutters, rendering them less effective when the rainy season arrives, and that might not be far off depending on when you’re reading this. Cleaning your gutters is something that you should do every couple of months, even in the winter or the dry season.
Finally, you can prevent a lot of roof leaks by going around your home and looking for discolored shingles, damaged flashing, and other such things, which are the prime causes of water damage. We’re going to talk in a moment about just how nasty water damage can be, so take this one to heart.
We once again want to say that you probably shouldn’t handle these repairs yourself, unless you’re exceptionally handy and skilled. Doing these things wrong can result in worse damage, and it’s just plain dangerous to get up on a roof most of the time. Leave it to the professionals unless you’re really sure you can do a DIY project justice.
Now, let’s talk about the consequences of neglecting preventative maintenance. Most of this will be either related to or directly because of water damage, but there are a couple of other issues as well.
First, your roofing materials are not immortal. As you know, you need to repair and replace your roof every so often, and these binary concepts are what most people mistake as good enough to take the place of preventative maintenance. Performing inspections and replacing components when the need arises can significantly extend the lifespan of your roof, and reduce the expense of keeping your roof in proper shape.
Next, here’s one that you probably didn’t think of much. Your electrical system can be in serious danger if you have water seeping in, causing shorts and electrical fires. Have your electrical system looked at yearly, along with having frequent roof inspections.
Of course, attic moisture is nasty too, and this can start to cultivate black mold, as well as warping structure and much worse. Any possessions you have in the attic will be ruined, and the mold and moisture will only spread from there, as we’re about to see.
Drywall saturation, which is a result of this moisture spreading further down through gravity, is also a real problem. Drywall saturation will show as stains in the walls and ceilings, as well as cracks, warps, and material falling away. Your interior will start to rot as a result of moisture building up, and those molds will just spread, which can be very dangerous to your health.
Also endangered by this are your material possessions. Your furniture, clothes, electronics, family heirlooms – all of these can be utterly ruined by mounting water damage and moisture. Your roof is a shelter, and it’s there to protect you, your family, and your possessions from the onslaught of nature.
Finally, there’s the threat of structural collapse. As drywall saturation, attic moisture, and overall water damage spread, the frame of your house will begin to warp, and your roof’s decking will begin to collapse. Eventually, the whole house could come down around you, though you’re likely to be kicked out of the house due to it being condemned before that happens. Either way, it’s not something you want to happen, and you can’t put a price on safety, not in dollars, not pennies, not in time.
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