Roof repairs costs considerable money, especially if you don't take active measures to keep the costs in check. This is unfortunate given that the roof is one of the most important parts of your house (it protects the rest of the house) and has to be kept in a tip top condition. Since roof breakdowns are inevitable (over the course of many years), take the following measures to keep the repair costs down:
Embrace Preventive Maintenance
All roofs degrade with time. Apart from this normal wear and tear, roof damages also suffer from occasional accidents such as storm-related damages or fallen tree branches. However, a well-maintained roof will not experience the same damages as a poorly-maintained one when a disaster strikes. In short, proper maintenance ensures that your roof suffers minimum damages, which directly leads to reduced repair costs.
Here are some of the maintenance practices your roof needs:
- Keeping the roof clean and dry to reduce corrosion and rot
- Keeping the gutters clean and functional to maintain proper drainage and prevent water damage
- Ensuring that all roof seals and seams are always intact
Embrace DIY Roofing Maintenance
There are several roofing issues you can take care of on your own, without calling a roofing contractor, if you have a few tools, a ladder and some skills. Some of the common tools and material you need include:
- A ladder
- A hammer
- Utility knife
- Roofing cement
Some of the common maintenance issues that you can take care of on your own include:
- Cleaning the gutters
- Spraying a moss remover to get rid of roof mold
- Plugging or sealing holes in gutters
- Replacing missing individual shingles
Conduct Regular Inspections
Roofing inspections are necessary to identify teething issues before they blow up into costly issues. For example, a single missing shingle nail may not be a big deal if it is noticed early and promptly repaired. However, if you don't take care of it early, it can lead to the loss of the shingle, which can cause further shingle loss and serious water damage. Therefore, conduct regular inspections of the roof and have an annual professional inspection of the roof to look out for emerging issues. You also need to conduct an inspection every time you suspect damage, for example, after a major storm.
The above precautions will go a long way in ensuring that your roof doesn't suffer catastrophic damages. Of course, you should always consult a roofing professional, like one from All Weather Exteriors, if there is a major issue with your roof.