Ensure Your Roof is in Good Condition

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Mortgage and Lending with Olympus Labs

When buying or renting a home, many people focus more on the aesthetic of the building and the finishing, often not giving much thought to the roof. After all, if it’s there, it’s protecting the structure from weather conditions such as rain, hail, sleet, snow, and wind. Well, that’s not always the case.

 

Sadly, many homeowners don’t pay as much attention to roof maintenance as they should. This lack of care can have dire consequences, which can include:

 

  • Leaks: This may seem obvious, but unattended, a small drip will continue to spread until it’s repaired. By this time, the water may have reached areas in the ceiling, which will cause damp or mold.

  • Mold: Aside from being unsightly, mold can have adverse effects on your health, especially if you have a respiratory disorder.

 

 

  • Higher utility costs: When winter sets in, you’re likely to experience the chill to a higher degree if your roof is not well-maintained. This negligence, in turn, will lead to you using more heating and energy to stay cozy. That extra heat is going to cost a lot over time.

  • Animal infestations: If a roof has large access holes due to non-maintenance, it may become a breeding ground for birds, rats, raccoons, and even snakes.

Looking After Your Roof

Dominion Roofing Company, an expert in roofing installations, repairs, and maintenance, states that it’s essential to have your roof checked by a specialist at least twice a year. In between, you as the homeowner or tenant can do your bit by:

 

  • Cleaning the gutters: Windy weather or rain storms may result in debris clogging up the drains. If the pipes are not cleaned regularly with gutter cleaning tools found at this website, you would risk a build-up of damp, messy leaves, and sand, which will not allow water to pass through freely. This clutter can lead to dampness in the roof.

  • Checking the insulation in the ceiling for signs of visible damage: By checking the insulation in your roof, you’ll save on utility costs because your home will be naturally warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

  • Trim trees: In high-wind states, it’s best to avoid having high trees close to the house as they may blow over onto the roof, causing severe damage. If you can, plant trees away from your home, or see to it that you prune them regularly. 

What’s the Best Roofing Material? 

Most builders opt for asphalt shingles because they’re hardy and affordable. Available in a wide range of colors, they fit in with most structures in both design and color sense. Other roofing materials available include roofing tiles, metal roofing, wooden shingles, and slate tiles. Each type of material has both its advantages and disadvantages. 

 

 

When considering what kind of material would be best suited for your requirements, it would be best to consult a professional roofer. They will be able to offer you the best advice on what type of roofing to install, as well as how to care for it properly.

Take Care of Your Roof

If you follow these steps and make sure your roof stays in good shape, you shouldn’t come across any unwanted health hazards or unexpected costs in the future. 

 

 

Comments (2)

Gwen Fowler-864-710-4518 SC * Mountain* Lake*Home
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Between the hail storms and high winds, most people in our area have opted for metal roofs.

Jul 13, 2020 07:48 AM
Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

Great information, thanks for sharing.  I hope you have a great day.

Aug 04, 2020 02:50 AM