Tips for avoiding costly roof repairs

June 16, 2014
 Tips for avoiding costly roof repairs

Roofs are designed to withstand the elements and protect your home from all kinds of damage. Unfortunately, roofs can only take so much before they start to wear down and become damaged themselves. Think of your roof as the first line of defense between your home and the outside world. If that first line of defense is compromised, the rest of your home is at risk. Fortunately, there is much homeowners can do to keep their roof in top shape and avoid costly repairs. Here are a few tips.

Don't wait until it rains

Interestingly, most roof leaks begin during the hot dry months. Hotter weather can cause shingles to crack and split. It isn't until the rain comes however that most roof leaks are discovered. By the time roof leaks become noticeable however, the problem is often more expensive to fix. A better solution is to uncover roofing problems before the rainy weather hits. Roofing experts recommend having your roof inspected regularly. Of course you can always inspect yourself but a qualified roofer may catch problems the untrained eye can miss. Many roofers offer a free roof inspection. A roof inspection can uncover vulnerable areas in your roof that may become leaks and fix them before costly damage is done.

Fix problems while they're small

If you notice that areas of your roof are showing signs of wear such as cracked or missing shingles, there's a good chance you've got a serious roofing problem waiting to happen. It's tempting to put off repairs to save a few bucks but the next big storm can cost you a lot more than you save if you put off that roof repair too long. It's always better to get problems fixed the moment you become aware of them.

Maintain your rain gutters

Many homeowner's don't realize that the well-being of their rain gutters is tied to the well-being of their roof. It's the rain gutter's job to allow rain water to get off off the roof and away from the home's foundation. When rain gutters become blocked by debris such as leaves and twigs, water can pool up and seep under shingles causing extensive damage. To avoid costly roof repairs, it's better to spend a little time clearing out your rain gutters every few months. If you'd rather, you can spend a little money to pay for a rain gutter cleaning service. If your rain gutters fill up with debris frequently, you may need to hire a tree trimming company to trim back trees that hang over your roof.

Choose a reliable roofer

Finally, it's important that you hire a reliable roofer for any roofing work you do need to have done. A reputable roofing company will warranty their work. Always going for the lowest bid for roofing work can cost you in the long run if an inexperienced roofer's poor work voids the warranty on your roof or causes more damage than it fixes.

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