While roofing care and maintenance tasks should be left to professionals, there are a few tasks that you, as a homeowner, can do to help extend its service life. These include the following:
Do Not Ignore Leaks
Leaks indicate major roofing problems, which means you have to make it a priority to call for roof repairs when you notice signs of a leak. Knowing the signs of a roof leak can be helpful. In addition to obvious signs like dripping water and water stains on the walls and ceilings, try to familiarize yourself with other signs, such as clumping insulation, mold and mildew growth, and visibly warped wood components. The sooner the repairs, the less repair work will be needed, therefore, a lower corresponding repair cost.
Perform Regular Visual Inspections
Annual visual inspections complement the scheduled maintenance appointments with your roofing contractor, which is done every two to three years. The objective of visual inspection is to keep up to date with your roof’s condition and to call for repairs if you spot problems. In addition to keeping repair costs to a minimum, regular inspections can also prevent unplanned roof replacement.
You can inspect your roof using a pair of binoculars, and grab a pen and paper to record your observations. Train the binoculars on the roof starting at the edges. Then, pay attention to problems like damaged, missing or curling shingles. Take note of missing or dislodged flashing, gaps at the roof edge and generally anything on the roof that looks out of place. You will also have to climb into the attic, and check for signs of roof leaks.
Know Who to Call in Case of Roof Damage
In case of major roof damage, you will need to have both your roofing contractor and a representative from your insurance provider on-site. Make sure the contact information is up to date. The sooner you get to file an insurance claim and have all requirements in order, the sooner the repairs can get started.