The elements are especially hard on your roof, whether it is the blazing hot sun in the summer or snow piling up in the winter. Because your roof is a critical part of the exterior of your home, you want to do whatever you can to protect it. According to the experts at RGB Construction, your roof contributes significantly to the energy efficiency of your home and, because a good roof adds curb appeal, could increase your home’s value when you decide to sell. These five tips can help you keep your roof protecting your interior, lower your energy costs and improve the curb appeal of your home.
Remove Debris From Roof And Gutters
Your gutter system is designed to collect water as it drains from your roof and guide it away from the foundation. Allowing debris to clog your gutters can lead to standing water that can damage your roof. During the winter, a clogged gutter can also lead to ice dams that can cause additional damage. In addition, mold and mildew could build up and enter your home. Your gutters are not the only place where debris can cause damage, however. Even a small object tossed around by the wind can damage shingles. Wet leaves on your roof can lead to mold or mildew while nuts and berries attract pests like squirrels. Another way to prevent roof damage is to keep tree limbs trimmed away from your roof. A falling limb can remove shingles or puncture your roof. When clearing debris from your gutters or roof, be sure to follow all safety precautions as roof falls can cause severe injuries and are very common.
Address Roofing Issues Immediately
If you have noticed mold or mildew build-up on your roof, treat it as quickly as possible. Mold will appear as a green, black or yellow shine on your shingles. This could indicate not only mold build-up but algae, moss, or mildew, all of which can damage your shingles as well as the sheathing underneath. You may even notice an unpleasant odor coming from the roof. If you notice discoloration on your roof, contact a roof specialist like RGB Construction who can suggest the proper products for removing the unwanted growth. If you see missing or broken shingles, you will want to have them replaced as quickly as possible to avoid moisture from entering your attic. Many people don’t replace shingles until they notice a water leak inside and, by that time, it is usually too late for a simple repair. Be sure to seal around piping, skylights, and other roof fixtures as well. There are many options available for sealing these structures and keeping moisture out of your home.
Keep An Eye On Pests
Although squirrels and raccoons may be cute in the backyard, they can wreak havoc inside your home. When the winter turns cold, pests seek warm places to nest and your home is one of the best options for them. Mice, rats, bats, and squirrels may chew through your roofing material should they find even a small breach. As they create their nests, they destroy insulation and may even chew through wiring in your attic. This can lead to damage from moisture as well as bacteria and
smell due to food and droppings from the pests. Check your roof for any possible entry points and seal them as quickly as possible. You will also want to check your siding for damage as any gaps can impact your roof just as damage to your roof can impact your siding. You want to be sure that all siding panels and soffits are secured properly.
Improve Your Insulation
One way to extend the life of your roof is to improve your insulation. Condensation from inside your home can cause damage to beams, roof joists, and supports that keep your home stable. By adding additional insulation, you help your roof keep moisture out of your home while also improving energy efficiency. In addition, be sure that your roof is properly vented. Because hot air rises, if your roof is not properly vented, moisture and condensation can build up in the attic, leading to damaged structures as well.
Schedule A Professional Inspection
There are some things on a roof that the average homeowner knows nothing about which means if there is something wrong, they will likely not notice the problem. Some roofing issues may not be visible from the ground and, even if you do climb on the roof to inspect it yourself, you might not see a subtle change that a roofing contractor will notice. Not only should you have a professional inspect your roof to identify problems you may not notice, but they will also use all safety precautions. They may inspect the roof using drones which allow them to get exact measurements and see areas that may not be visible from the ground. If they do have to climb on the roof, they have the equipment necessary to do it in a much safer manner than most homeowners.
Your roof is an important feature of your home, helping to improve your curb appeal and keeping your energy costs low. When your roof develops problems, it can lead to damage in other areas of your home, whether it is from pests who gain access, moisture in your walls, or higher energy costs. The best way to protect your roof from damage is to have it professionally inspected by a knowledgeable roofing company. RGB Construction has decades of experience with all types of roofing materials.
We offer a no-obligation inspection and will provide you with details regarding the health of your roof. You can arrange for an appointment by filling out the easy online form or calling them at 856-264-9093. We will conduct the inspection and walk you through the entire process to be sure that your roof is operating as it was designed, keeping your home comfortable and safe for many years to come.