Most Ahwatukee homeowners don’t give their roof much thought-that is-until a problem arises and repairs are in order. However, with regular inspections and maintenance, your roof will be and stay healthy, keeping your home and family protected and saving you money (and repairs) in the process.
There are several ways you can ensure that your roof is healthy and in the best possible shape. Here are some great tips on how to keep your roof healthy and reasons why you should:
Check your roofing material:
If you have a shingle roof, it is a good idea to check sporadically for missing or damaged shingles. Maybe you are crafty enough to do this on your own, and maybe you need the help of a local roofing contractor to ensure the shingles are installed properly.
Missing shingles (any missing roofing materials really), need to be replaced posthaste in order to minimize the danger of roof leaks and increasing roofing problems.
While you are checking your roof shingles, make sure that your roof sealant is not worn, cracked or otherwise deteriorating. If you find your sealant lacking, you can remove it and replace it with a fresh one.
Bonus maintenance hack: Clean debris and dirt of your shingles every so often, this will reduce algae and fungal growth on your shingles.
Metal roofing materials should be checked for rust. This can include your gutters, flashing or other roofing trims. If rust is present you can clean it off with a wire brush (if it is small enough) and then coat for protection. If you feel it is more than you want to take on, your roofer, will be more than happy to help you.
Keep the Gutters Healthy:
While gutters are nobody’s favorite part of the roof, their importance cannot be overstated. Clogged gutters are not only breeding ground for bacteria, fungus and mold, but when the water gets backed up and has no place to go but under your roof, the damage will be very expensive. You can also have your roofing contractor install modern gutter guards to prevent dirt and debris from making their way into the gutter and clogging them.
If you are one of the lucky Ahwatukee homeowners with a fireplace and a chimney, you need to check your chimney (or have it checked) regularly to make sure that it is not suffering from cracks or other types of deterioration. Loose bricks can fall out and damage roofing materials or even worse hit someone who is passing underneath the roof. Also cracks allow air to escape, which can increase your energy bill. It is also a great idea to add chimney caps to make sure that no critters or birds have been nesting or gotten stuck in your chimney.
Trim Overhanging Branches/Trees:
Overhanging tree branches cause a myriad of problems. Not only can they damage the roof if they break off (during a storm, for example), but they also drop leaves and other dirt on the roof. Dropped branches and leaves prevent moisture from evaporating and being able to roll of the roof which can lead to a rotting roof.
Additionally, they make it easier for critters and other unwanted creatures to get onto your roof, which can cause problems from droppings, or damages done to the roof itself.
Benefits of a Healthy Roof:
Why should you do all this work to keep your roof healthy? It will benefit you in more ways than one.
Protect Your Investment:
Let’s be honest. A roof is one of the most expensive things you will add to your home and it makes complete sense to take care of it, as best you can. The better you take care of your roof, the longer it will last you and keep your home and family protected. If you protect your roof, it will repay you by protecting you.
A great looking and well-maintained roof will keep your property value high. A nice roof, is very attractive to potential buyers in the event you are planning on selling your home. Nobody wants to deal with a new roof install or extensive roof repair or replacement when they are shopping for a home.
Just like taking care of any other part of your home will maintain your home’s value, taking care of your roof will do the same.
Keeping an eye on your Ahwatukee roof and performing the necessary upkeep can help to ward of big or hidden damages. While everyone is able to spot a leak that is dripping into your living room, taking care of your roof and keeping it healthy helps you to stop issues that are not visible otherwise. This is a clear example where a little extra care goes a long way. Hidden damages include mold, fungal infestations, rotten beams, and more.
And lastly, a healthy roof will save you money in all sorts of ways. You will save money by having to perform less repairs, and if repairs are needed they are probably less expensive than if you would have neglected your roof, all along.
Additionally, a well maintained roof can save you a bundle on your energy bill by assisting your HVAC to run less often and more efficiently.
Keeping your roof healthy and your wallet happy is not as hard as you may think. All it takes is some regular maintenance checks and a yearly inspection from your local Ahwatukee roofing contractor to make sure you didn’t miss anything.
Express Roofing LLC has been providing top notch roof install and roofing services in Mesa and surrounding communities for years. If you are in need of a roof inspection or are looking to have your tile roof replaced, contact us today. We are happy to help.