Tuesday, February 26, 2019

6 Incredible roofing tips for your home



The roof is one of the most neglected areas of the house. As the saying goes “Out of sight, out of mind”, is the best way to explain this phenomenon. Most people don’t pay any attention to it until it’s too late. Then, when the damage is done, they will try to rectify the situation to the best of their ability, but often to no avail. 

If you want to preserve your roof, you have to be proactive about it. From occasional cleaning to smaller fixes, there are lots of things you can do. There is no need to call a roofing company or inquire about a professional service; you can do everything yourself!

Today we invited our friends from Do It Right Roofing Vancouver for some professional advice on how to take care of your roof by yourself.

1.       Roof built to breathe

It is necessary for a roof to have proper ventilation. Moisture and heat are both troublesome in their own regard and can lead from sheathing and rafting to rot. Also, insulation might lose its effectiveness along the way due to this fact. So, make sure to emphasize that to your roofing contractor.

2.       Trees are your worst enemy

There are numerous reasons why you shouldn’t have trees near your home. Besides the fact that lightning might strike them, tree branches can also pose a problem. During strong winds, they will start hitting the side of your house, your windows and naturally, the roof. This might cause damage to gutters and even shingles. While it’s not necessary to remove the whole tree, make sure to trim the branches at least.

3.       Clean debris from time to time

Over time, a lot of debris will fall onto your roof. Leaves, dust, dirt and even small pebbles will end up in your gutters. This will impair gutters from working properly and will even slowly start damaging them. If there is too much debris, the water will remain on the roof and humidity will increase. This will have a negative impact on everything to do with your roof and may eventually lead to leaks.

4.       Add insulation

It is very important for a roof to be setup properly. Among different things, you need to add insulation. Insulation allows proper ventilation which means that air can circulate without a hitch. By including a gap-free layer of insulation in the attic, you will do a great service for your roof.

5.       Check for leaks

In most cases, we don’t notice leaks until it’s too late and extensive damage is done. Usually, the first leaks will appear in the attic and most of us rarely check this area of the home. By going to the attic from time to time, you’re making sure there is no issues with the roof. Even if something has happened, you will be able to fix it immediately.

6.       Be proactive with shingles

One of the biggest mistakes homeowners make is not fixing their shingles as soon as possible. Given that all shingles are connected to each other, damage to one can cause whole section to be damaged. Eventually, you will have to remove whole areas of the roof in order to change them. In order to prevent this, you need to be proactive and react as soon as you think there is something wrong with them.

As you can see, you don’t need a roofing contractor to fix all your issues.

Nowadays, there are lots of how-to videos on the web that can help you deal with each individual issue. Once you perform your first repair, you will be much more secure of your skills and will be able to do it in future. No need to spend a lot of money as you can do it yourself!

21 comments:

  1. No trees near our house. I do check it after every windstorm. We had it replaced ten years ago and the contractors did a great job. None of the recent hurricanes have touched it.

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  2. Trees suck. We live in an older neighborhood with many big trees. Since living here, the neighbor behind us had a huge limb go crashing through her kitchen roof and last year out next door neighbor had one crash through her living room roof. I am always worried it will be us next when the storms come blowing through.

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  3. Great advice. Nothing worse than a leaky roof.

    Have a fabulous day, my friend. ♥

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  4. Seen sooooooooooooo many places get nailed by trees. Sure not good having them near your house.

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  5. These are great tips! I had no idea you could actually do any sort of roof maintenance yourself.

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  6. These are great pieces of information! We are having issues with the roof to our patio; I'll have to let my husband read this so he can look into our problem!

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  7. I could have used this info last year when we were having roof issues! Hopefully we won't have them again.

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  8. This post came just at the right time. I am planning a complete maintenance of my house in April next including our roof. Thanks for the tips.

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  9. I am lucky I live in an apartment. No roof problems for me. But I will definitely save this page for future use.

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  10. These are good roofing tips. I can really use this especially on the rainy days.

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  11. Roof prolems are the worst and so expensive. Thank you for the great advice!

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  12. We made a conscious effort to remove trees close to our home. It is better to be proactive, and, if you're unsure about how things are supposed to be, normally a general contractor will be glad to take a look, and sometimes they don't charge much to inspect. Always ask first!

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  13. I live on a boat and leaks are definitely a thing...but very hard to diagnose origins because boats are on a gentle slope, so it's a constant struggle lol.

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  14. The thought of our home having a roofing issue is very scary. These are great tips to keep things in tip top shape before any problems arise.

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  15. We live in a rental house and am surrounded by trees. These are great tips for home owners!

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  16. Good info. When I look to buy my next home I will keep all of these roofing information in mind.

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  17. My mom just bought a home and could def use this tips!

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  18. These are good roofing maintenance tips. Sadly, I overlook these. :0(

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  19. We live in Vermont and my husband put a metal roof on our home a few years ago..It is so great in the winter the snow just slides right off with a big crash.No snow build up. I just hope nobody is never standing under the area it falls.

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  20. We just had a new roof put on last year. There was lots of hail damage from a storm.

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  21. Taking proper care for your existing roof, and deciding about a new roof is not something to shop for price, rather quality. A bad roof without good ventilation can also cause a huge mold problem, too.

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