Quick question: when was the last time you tried cleaning or even peeked into your roof? If you cannot remember anymore, then perhaps you need to do it now.
In general, roofs have long lifespans even if they are exposed to harsh environmental elements such as storms and snow. They can be useful between 20 and 50 years, depending on the material and quality of construction.
However, with a lack of proper maintenance, they won’t enjoy this longevity. Worse, they can be extremely costly. Roof replacement can range from $5,000 to $20,000. It all depends on the material, coverage, and severity of the damage.
To avoid spending a lot on your roof, consider these pointers:
1. Secure Loose Shingles
Roof shingles can come loose for many reasons: storms, age, hail, etc. Many people think that a single shingle isn’t a problem, but it’s an expensive mistake. It can affect the others, and worse, it can increase the risk of a leak. When shingles sustain extensive damage, you have to replace not only one but a lot of them.
The sooner you can fix it, the better. Usually, it involves only changing the nails. You can look for self-drilling screw manufacturers to save you time and hassle. Make sure you’re using those designed for roofing.
You can also use nail glue, although it might not be as durable and reliable as a self-drilling screw or nail. But if this is your preference, opt for one that is waterproof.
2. Don’t Use a Pressure or Jet Washer
When you have missed cleaning the roof for years, you can expect to see a lot of grime, debris, and even moss thriving on the roof tiles. To hasten the task, you might be tempted to use a pressure washer. Many experts, though, frown upon the practice.
Pressure washing can damage the shingle, lifting it and destroying its structural integrity. You are also likely to cause more moss buildup later because of the possibly high levels of moisture and water you retain. Lastly, if your roof already has holes and causes leaks, pressure washing means flooding.
If you can’t use a jet washer, what’s the next best option? You can try bleach and laundry detergent, which you might already have on hand, to clean the tiles. However, you don’t want to overdo it since these are still chemicals. They are abrasive and harsh, and they can damage the surface of the shingles.
3. Clean the Roof at Least Once a Year
Cleaning one’s roof is exhausting. An hour’s work alone could already burn as much as 300 calories! The good news is you don’t need to do it often. You can clean it only once a year.
If you’re consistent about this and your roof is in good condition for years, you can spend less time dealing with it, say, every two to three years.
However, if you clean your roof, you might as well do the same for your gutter. This underrated part of the house is the catchment for water, dirt, and even organic matter. If you don’t maintain them, they will suffer the same fate as your roof. It can rot, allowing water to enter your house.
By taking care of your roof regularly, you can save a lot of money and make your roofing and even your home last way longer.