Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Taking regular care of your house will help to prevent damages that can lead to big problems and costly repairs. Your roof is a very important to the integrity of your home and if it's kept up well, then it can last you for many years. However, if you put little to no thought into taking care of the roof, then you can quickly find yourself in the midst of dealing with a lot of expensive repairs and other issues caused by a leaky or otherwise damaged roof. Learn about basic maintenance for your roof and follow the advice detailed here.
Cut overhanging trees back
If you have trees in your yard that have large branches that hang over the roof, those branches should be cut back. This way, there is no chance of them breaking off and causing an excessive amount of weight on the roof. Also, it will cut down on the amount of leaves that fall onto the roof where they can get damp and cause of mildew and mold growth.
Check the condition of the tiles or shingles
Look at the roof from the ground regularly and watch for problems with the tiles or shingles. Also, once a year or so you should climb up on the roof, or have someone else who feels confident doing so, and take a complete look around it. If there are any broken or missing sections, you should have them replaced as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Remove ice dams
If you have a problem with ice dams during the winter, you want to remove them as soon as you can. Otherwise, they can lead to costly damage and even pose a safety risk to anyone who walks under them. Chip away the icicles you can with a shovel before you start. Then, fill nylon stockings with ice melting product and put the nylon along the base of the dam. Make sure to remove any items under that part of the roof so nothing gets damaged when the ice falls to the ground.
Keep the rain gutters cleaned out
If you allow the rain gutters to get full of leaves or other debris, then water will collect in them. This can lead to them getting weighed down, which may lead to them getting damaged. It can also lead to water pooling around the edges of the roof, causing water damage. The water will also leak down the wrong areas of your house and this can cause staining on the sides of the house, as well as puddles where they can be problematic. Invest in gutter cleaning once or twice a year to prevent these issues.
Taking good care of your roof will help prevent problems that can end up costing you a lot of money on both your roof and other areas of the house that can also suffer.