It’s something a lot of us take for granted, but it plays a pretty important role in protecting you and your belongings from the elements. To help your roof do its job and to prolong its lifespan, it needs to be maintained and cared for properly. Still, even with the right amount of maintenance, all roofs need to be replaced at some point. Not to worry. Below is a guide that will tell you everything you need to know about keeping your topper in tip-top-shape, from maintaining it to replacing it when the time comes.
Just as you would fix a leak in your car’s gas line or a rip in your shirt before it gets any worse, you need to repair and replace parts of your roof that are damaged ASAP. By allowing a damaged roof to worsen, you risk damaging the subfloor and underlayment, the attic, and eventually the interior of your home. This is not a home-care project to skimp on. Here are some tips for keeping your roof in good condition:
1. Each fall and spring, and after any major storms, do a visual inspection to identify any areas where shingles are loose, damaged, or missing. Get these fixed right away! Also, check the flashing and the rubber seals around vents.
2. Clean gutters and downspouts regularly. When debris builds up in the gutters, rainwater can’t easily run out through the downspouts and may back up onto the edges of the roof, making leaks and other damage more likely.
3. Clean your roof to remove mold and moss buildup using the soft wash technique (don’t use a pressure washer!).
4. Have it inspected by a professional. How often your roof needs a professional inspection depends on a variety of factors, such as the age of your roof, how much tree coverage your house has, and how often your area gets hit with heavy storms. Plan to have your roof inspected professionally every few years.
The costs of repairing a roof are generally manageable, but they vary widely depending on the type of roof you have. The main points to remember are to hire a professional who is experienced with your type of roof (this is not the DIY Pinterest project you want to dabble in!), and don’t delay getting those repairs done.
It’s time to replace rather than repair when you’re getting near your roof’s estimated lifespan, you’ve got algae growing up there, or the whole thing is sagging (which is a very big deal and must be addressed immediately). When getting a new roof, you will have the option to tear off the old roof or put the new roof directly on top. The former will most likely save you money in the long run, while the latter is a quicker fix if you’re short on funds. Tearing off the old roof will also allow your roofers to inspect the underlying structure for damage.
Best time of year to install a new roof?
Early fall or late spring.
A new roof should be installed when it’s warm out to facilitate the adhesive firming up before cold or wet weather starts.
Provided by: Doug Doyle, Associate Broker
The Moving Experience Real Estate
27 W Loockerman Street
Dover, DE 19904