The roof is perhaps the most important part of any house – without the roof, you wouldn’t even have a house! It is vital that you have a roof that is well installed, one that won’t leak, buckle, or rot. One way you can ensure this is to hire only experienced, reliable roofers. You don’t want to spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on roof work, only to discover that it still wasn’t done right. After all, nobody likes to wake up with rain dripping on their face just because the roof wasn’t installed properly. There are some things you yourself can do to make sure your roof stays in top condition so read on to discover four of those practices!
1. DON’T LET DEBRIS BUILD UP IN YOUR GUTTERS
One argument toward keeping your roof’s gutters clean is purely aesthetic. Which looks better: clean, tidy gutters or gutters clogged with leaves and other debris? But beside the simple look of things, you should also keep your gutters clean because clogged gutters can lead to serious problems with your house’s roof. If your gutters are too backed up, water will build up on your roof instead of running off. That water can lead to extra wear and tear on your roof, as well as encouraging rot. And in extreme cases, the weight of debris in your gutters can tear the gutters from the roof which leads to more problems.
2. BE AWARE OF – AND COMBAT – ROTTENNESS IN YOUR ROOF
Nobody wants a rotting roof because that will almost certainly lead to leaks or, at the very least, the seepage of moisture into the top level of your home. How can you guard against roof rot? Well, as discussed in the first point, don’t let your gutters clog and retain rainwater. Also, keep an eye on the roof itself to make sure it stays clear of moss, dead leaves, and other moist debris that could make the roof moldy and rotten if not cleaned away.
3. GET PROFESSIONAL EYES ON YOUR ROOF
Sometimes, the problems with your roof are too much for you to handle. Or sometimes, there doesn’t seem to be any problem with your roof, but you recently moved and you’d like it inspected anyway. (It’s also an excellent idea to have the roof of any home you’re interested in inspected before you sign any contracts.) Take the time to call a professional roofing contractor that can take a look at your roof and give you an accurate assessment.
4. REALIZE THAT, AT SOME POINT, YOU WILL NEED TO REPLACE YOUR ROOF
Nothing lasts forever, and roofs are no exception. Your roof will most likely have to be replaced within the next two decades – sooner if it’s not new – as most roofs begin to have serious problems after the first twenty years. If you’re looking for a roof with more longevity, you should look into metal roofing or clay shingling – both are longer-lasting than more common types of shingles. Whichever direction you decide to go, make sure you hire good roofers who will get the job done professionally! At the Cherry and Clark website, there are lots of resources available for more information.