Every part of the house is significant. Each one serves a great purpose not just in keeping the house established, but also in securing that you and your family are living a safe and comfortable life inside it.
Your house must be well-built and well maintained at all times, so that whatever seasons come and however the weather changes, it will remain tough and complete. One of the parts of the house that often gets damaged is the roof. That’s because as you can see, it covers you. On its own, it’s literally on top of the whole house. The sun, the rain, the heat, the storms and every else — the roof catches them first! You don’t have to imagine because you clearly can see even without looking at it.
Because of that, you should take care of your roof. In fact, you must make sure that even before construction, your roof will be made excellent for long term use that blossoms great benefits for you in all seasons. You should know how to keep your roof in a good condition for all seasons, and below are 5 tips for you to do that!
1. CHECK ROOF COVERINGS
Proper maintenance can be done if you spend time checking out and examining the roof coverings of your house. Don’t wait for raindrops leaking into your ceiling before you detect and determine that there is something wrong with your roof. Even without any issue, it is best to inspect the roof to know its state.
In that way, you will be able to know if there are present damages that need to be addressed and if there are areas prone to getting disrupted. You make yourself and your house ready even before the storm comes.
2. ENSURE PROPER VENTILATION
It is important that your roof also gets to breathe well. Make sure that air can also flow because too much heat can actually cause destruction. What obstructs air circulation in and on the roof? Debris such as leaves, moths and algae to name some, and they must be removed.
You see here that appropriate and proper ventilation is necessary, not only inside the house, but also outside and on what’s mostly uncovered outside. Too much moisture or the lack thereof, together with heat, can gradually lead materials to deteriorate and their effectiveness to diminish.
3. BEWARE OF TREES
A tree beside your house might look good, but as simple as that innocent tree can actually do bad on your roof. One storm definitely can bring branches hitting into your roof. Do not think that leaning branches are just making friends with your house because without your knowledge, they are already wrecking, scratching and striking your roof materials.
To avoid punctures caused by sharp branches on your roof shingles, trim and remove them that are near your roof. Don’t trust overhanging tree limbs as well.
4. CLEAN THE GUTTER
The roof can go really nasty because it is largely and vastly exposed to the environment and the factors in it. Not only the covering is important to notice, but also the rest of the roof parts. Particularly be mindful of the gutter because it is prone to getting blocked by branches, leaves and even random trash brought by the wind.
Gutters are made so that water from your house can be transported to a proper drainage site. You have to be certain that the gutter of your roof is clean. It is responsible for a favorable drainage system, and it should be free flowing. If the gutter is dirty and clogged, material will accumulate in the channel. Water will run over onto the building and foundation.
When stocked with water for a long period of time, cracks can form, damages can happen and material collapse is not impossible. It’s because through water and its presence’s duration on the roof, materials can weaken. Aside from that, mold can grow and develop without a doubt.
As recommended, cleaning the gutter twice a year is good. Remove debris. Use a hose to clean it. Dirty areas attract insects too, and you know how their presence can be ruinous to your houses’ materials and can be detrimental to your family’s health.
5. IMMEDIATELY REPAIR DAMAGES
Inspecting your roof brings big boons. One of them is being informed of any problems that exist or that may arise. If after scrutinizing, you identified that something’s wrong with specific roof portions, you should do something about it already. Some problems aren’t obvious yet while they could already be doing harm to your house.
Most especially if damages are already obvious and affecting your stay inside your house, act upon the situation, find the problem and work with the solutions. Immediately repair damages you see.
They could be problematic drainages, falling off gutters, dislocated or missing shingles, piled granules, improper flashing, bare fasteners and many more! They may seem simple at first, and you might think of fixing them some other time, but beware because they can cause real damage and even harm now.
Don’t wait for the rain to come before you mend what’s broken because you may no longer be able to do so when the storm starts doing its thing!
Choose having an effective roof in the first place. Before you construct your house, a custom home builder that knows how to create the best house features not only in looks but most of all, in functionality, should be hired. They can help you meet your requests in building a happy and healthy house.
Maintain your roof’s well state. You can do that by caring for it even if you don’t see it always. Checking and cleaning are the fundamental ways to do that, and there are many more underlying things you can do to keep your roof in a good condition. In that way, you’ll be kept well sheltered in whatever season. Remember that nothing beats being prepared for drastic weather shifts.
The roof protects you, so it would be really nice if you could protect it too.
For Nicole Ann Pore, as cliche as it sounds, there is no place like home. She believes that is not only a responsibility but also a privilege to create and take care of a house where home is built. Nicole writes on topics that reveal the essence of a nice home, as well as home care and improvement tips. She is a daytime writer for Wincrest Bespoke, one of New South Wales’ most experienced home residential builders. | Nicole graduated Cum Laude from De La Salle University Manila, Philippines with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts.