Every building has some type of roof. Unfortunately, the roof is commonly overlooked or taken for granted until it starts to leak or collapse. People will repaint, repair the siding, fix the foundation, and perform all kinds of maintenance on their homes but still ignore the roof. Of course, once there is a problem they will take care of it, but quite often they do just the minimum to save some money and it will need more repairs soon. The ironic thing is that hiring a professional for routine roofing services is simple and will save you money when you don't have to replace the roof. Here are just a few services to have done regularly.
You can do a simple roof inspection yourself. Take the time to walk around your home and look for pieces of roofing that may have fallen off. If you have multiple stories, you can often look out windows to check on the roofing of lower stories. Look for broken tiles or shingles and any areas that are curved and will hold water. Then, about once a year, have a roofing company come to inspect the whole roof and its deck.
Roof and Gutter Cleaning
Depending on the type of roofing material, different types of debris can cause damage to it. Bird droppings, sap, and twigs on the roof can cause the materials to start to break down. Any time there is extreme weather or high winds you should consider having the roof cleaned. At the very minimum, have it done before the roof is inspected so the roofer can see everything that is going on. While they are cleaning the roof, make sure they also clean out the rain gutters and downspouts.
Any missing tiles or shingles, or any bent metal roofing should be repaired as soon as it is noticed. Left damaged, the decking underneath can get soaked or damaged by other weather conditions. When decking is damaged it can travel down the wood and create a big issue. Make sure any wood under the roofing material is strong and intact. If it is damaged, have that repaired too.
The longer you wait to have roofing services done the more it is going to cost you. Even a small leak in the roof can cause damage inside the house. Insulation can be ruined, electrical wires damaged, and your walls and floors may end up warped. Quite often, damage you are repairing inside the house started with a problem with the roof. For more information, contact a company like Ketchum Roofing & Windows.