Your roof is one of the most important parts of the home, and many people actually do not maintain the roof like they should. A well maintained roof can last for a very long time, but if the roof is not maintained properly many different problems can arise. When it comes to a roof, many of the repairs can be very costly. Whether you have to replace the shingles, or correct structural damage, you can expect to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars on a repair. Here are a few different things to watch for with your roof.
One of the quickest ways to ruin a roof is to forget to inspect the roof. You should be inspecting the roof at least once a month. From the ground you may not be able to see the debris that has landed on your home. Sticks, dirt, and other debris can cause a lot of problems for your roof. The first problem that they can cause is rubbing your singles. Your shingles are the reason that your roof is waterproof, so if the debris is ruining your shingles, you are losing life on your roof. Remove any debris from your roof as soon as possible.
The gutters on your home transport the water from the roof away from the home. If you do not have gutters the water from your roof is landing by your foundation which is never a good thing. However, it is important that the gutters are completely cleaned out. You should inspect the gutters a few times each month just to ensure they are completely cleaned out. If the gutters are blocked, water can buildup and the stagnant water can seep through the shingles. Not to mention the water can cause the shingles to rot. Your gutters are an important part of your home, so be sure to keep them cleaned.
The valleys of the roof are the crevices that the water runs down to make it to the gutter. This is a very common place to find water leaking into the home. You should inspect the valleys with a very careful eye. You should also go into your attic four times a year to look for any warped wood. The warped wood and other water stains are great indicators that the roof is leaking. Try to trace the leak back to the source, and call a contractor, like one from Berkeley Exteriors, to fix the roof.