4 Crucial Roof Tips to Prevent Problems Before They Start
If you’ve recently purchased a new roof, now is the right time to start thinking about how to keep problems from cropping up down the road. With jobs, kids, and a million other household concerns, it’s easy to forget about that expensive new roof and just assume it will function fine without your help.
Regular maintenance is preventative medicine for your roof
The absolute best way to prevent future problems is to regularly check and maintain your roof, decking, gutters, and flashing. When you spot minor problems, fix them immediately before they lead to costly disasters.
Your roof is armor for your house. A chink in that armor let’s in harmful influences and jeopardizes the integrity of the whole house. A small amount of water entering your attic through a leaky roof, for example, could cause rot and mold to spread throughout the house – even impact your heating bill.
Soffit vents are a must-have
Many older homes weren’t built with soffit vents, it’s a clean look for sure, but it poses a threat to your roof and your home. As we covered in a previous article, improper roof ventilation can trap heat and moisture, leading to inefficient energy consumption and mold damage from condensation. Proper venting is one of the easiest ways to prevent roof problems and should be addressed immediately.
Keep moss and leaves off
Moss growth isn’t just unsightly, it wears down your roof prematurely, spoiling your investment. You should not only clean moss off immediately after spotting it, you should take steps to keep it from growing in the first place.
There are pesticides on the market which will kill moss and prevent future growth, but these products pose a risk to the environment and aren’t always necessary. First, try some natural remedies.
Trim trees so that they don’t overhang your roof, or thin them out to eliminate spots of permanent shade where moss can grow. North facing slopes and areas under tree cover are the most susceptible places for moss to grow. Roofs exposed to strong sunlight will not likely see much growth.
If moss has already formed, try sprinkling it with powdered soap, wait an hour, and scrub away with a broom.
Keep water flowing
Clogged gutters, dips in the roof decking, and ice dams can all cause serious water damage to your roof and even the interior ceilings and walls if the moisture permeates inside.
To keep ice dams from forming, make sure your roof is properly ventilated, insulated, and sealed against air leaks. The goal is to keep the roof and decking the same temperature as the eaves so that melting snow doesn’t freeze on it’s way down.
Clogged gutters can be a simple fix if you’ve only got one or two, or they might require a professional’s help if they are overgrown with moss and weeds.
Prevention is protection. Don’t let your investment go to waste!