There is great joy in being a homeowner! We take the four walls of a home, and the contents between these walls, to decorate, and furnish while showing unique personality and flair. We share our lives in this space with family and friends.
It is wise to preserve and ensure this cherished home is maintained for years to come.
The carpets need cleaning. The windows need washing. And the roof needs to remain secure and solid.
What are 5 maintenance tips for keeping a roof healthy this year?
Inspect the shingles
This is important to do yearly as well as after a major storm. Be cautious when looking at your roof, especially if you are on a ladder. Ask a friend to be near and support the ladder for safety.
Are any shingles missing, broken, split, cracked, or bent? These areas will need to be repaired before more roof damage can occur.
We don’t tend to consider the nearby trees and overhanging branches until they fall on our homes, creating damage. Debris can fall on our homes, scratching the roofing materials, and creating complications. Inspect your growing trees yearly and, if need be, trim back some limbs. If you have concerns about how to go about trimming back trees and branches, reach out to a professional company to assist you.
Moss, mildew, and algae are not lovely additions to your roof. They can diminish the curb appeal of your home. Moss can grow in between the shingles. This growth of moss can lift the shingles, creating a perfect spot for moisture to collect. Moss holds on to moisture, which in turn, seeps through the roofing layers, into your home. Rotten wood unfortunately seems to follow close behind. By keeping a close eye on your roof for moss, mildew, and algae, the huge expense of roof replacement can be minimized.
Check the Gutters
We don’t think much of our gutter systems until they fail us. Have you ever looked out of your window in a huge rainstorm and the water is streaming over the gutters? This is an indication that the gutter system is plugged and clogged somewhere along the way. Once the rains have disappeared, and it is safe to go outside, safely inspect the gutter system if possible. Clean out any debris, nests, or clogs. Also glance to see if there are rusted areas near the fasteners, indicating areas of weakness.
Do you have enough insulation in your attic? The heating and cooling system can run more efficiently with the proper amount of insulation. In turn, this will save on monthly energy bills. One way to determine if the insulation is failing is to inspect the attic ceilings and walls. Do you notice any indication of water? Are there areas of discoloration?
One additional tip for keeping your roof healthy is with the help of a trusted and reliable roofing contractor. Hostetler Roofing in ArkLaTex has over 39 years of experience in the roofing industry. The roof over your head keeps you, your family, and your valuables protected. We desire to offer you assistance with the security and peace of mind a quality roof can provide. We offer services that are rooted in honesty, integrity, and accountability. We are confident you will be thrilled with the top-notch systems and installation work we offer. Call today for a free inspection and step one in keeping your roof healthy this year.