The roof on your home plays an important part in keeping it in good condition
A broken or leaking roof is not only unattractive, but it can also be quite unsafe during high wind, rain storms, or other inclement weather. As a roofing specialist, I have seen many homes that were structurally sound at the time of purchase, but because of a single or poorly installed roof, the home has fallen into a state of disrepair. A badly damaged roof not only devalues your home, but it can put you out of commission during the busy winter months and even cause you to get a poor credit rating when it comes time to apply for a mortgage in the future. If you are interested in selling your home, having a good, functioning roof is absolutely essential to getting top dollar for your home. When it comes to the roof of your home, the old saying, “you get what you pay for” definitely holds true.
A shaded, well lit roof is easy to maintain. However, a poorly functioning roof can make for unsafe living conditions. A leaking roof ranks very low on the list of entertaining things to pay money for any homeowner, and can easily cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair. In addition to damage that can be caused by leaks or broken tiles, damaged gutters can pose similar problems. Poorly functioning gutters lead to water accumulation underneath your home, which results in increased water bills and can also lead to mold growth in your attic.
Homeowners should take note of any puddles forming beneath their eaves and pay special attention
A properly maintained attic can prevent the spread of wood rot, mildew, tree limbs, and other debris from entering your home through your roof or windows. Cleaning up the debris can require removing roof shingles and siding, as well as clearing the access ways from your garage and yard. In addition, your gutters and gutter system will need to be inspected for debris buildup.
While many people consider general maintenance to be non-contributory to the safety and energy efficiency of their homes, it is important to address small issues as they arise. Homeowners should take note of any puddles forming beneath their eaves and pay special attention to cracks and water stains on shingles and other parts of your roof. Homeowners who perform monthly inspections find these small issues to be quite frustrating. They may not immediately know what is causing the water stains, but with a little research they can find out if there are any hazards to their health or safety. In some cases, such as where there are large gutter issues, homeowners will need to seek the services of a professional to ensure the proper maintenance.
One area of your Home that many people overlook during regular maintenance is their garage
If you have a bulky car or vehicle, like a hot tub or even an outbuilding like a playhouse, you need to make sure that it is covered and protected against heavy snowfall. Garage maintenance is especially crucial around the holidays when all of your vehicles will be parked inside for the season. If you allow your vehicles to remain parked outside, there is a greater chance that they will become damaged by tree sap and other debris.
Homeowners should also pay attention to their solar systems. While most people think that monthly maintenance is simply a matter of switching out old panels when they are not working properly, this is not the case. Solar panels can become damaged or even fall from their protective housing due to heavy debris and water damage. Homeowners should check their solar panels monthly to make sure that they are working properly and to make sure that they are not being affected by debris and heavy snow. Taking care of your Home’s exterior and interior elements will make sure that your Home is protected against debris and potential problems that could threaten your Home and your health and safety.