Rain or Shine: How Roofs Withstand the Test of Time – Part III: Weather Beaten, Not “Weather-Beaten”

Your roof may be built to last but you’ll still want to do whatever you can to help it along and prevent weather damage from setting in for as long as you can. Preventive care will require effort but it’s effort dramatically simpler than what reactive care will require. A small problem, after all, will grow over time, resulting in a need for a solution that is not only more complex but more expensive as well.

Inspecting Your Roof

Generally, your roof should be inspected at least once or twice a year, preferably in the spring or fall. However, there is an exception: after a storm. You can get started with doing a visual inspection on your own. From the ground, give your roof a once-over to see if anything needs immediate attention. To give you a better, clearer view of your roof, you can use a pair of binoculars to zoom in on certain areas. NEVER go up on your roof yourself, especially after it has just rained. Leave that task to the professionals who not only have the right equipment for the job but have also been trained to properly do it.

Other Preventive Measures

Keep trees around your home trimmed. Aside from the risk of falling branches damaging your roof, trees can also be a source of gutter clogs, thanks to their leaves.

Keep your gutter system clean. Gutters are designed to direct water away from your property when it rains. When your gutter system is clogged, water can pool and overflow, resulting in water damage for both your roof and the rest of your home. To keep your gutters clean, you can either schedule regular cleaning sessions or have gutter covers installed.