Yes, most roofing materials can protect you for well over a decade, but you still need to do work to help it protect you. Maintaining your roof properly is part of being a responsible homeowner. The following tips will help you keep your roof in good shape.
If you find a leak during a storm, wait until everything is dry before heading up to your roof. There is no quick fix and it’s dangerous. When your roof has dried, you can safely fix any leak you find.
Don’t put off single replacement. Although you may believe that it is okay to procrastinate on this for a little while, doing so can cause worse damage in the future. Taking care of problems with the shingles immediately will help you to save more money and a lot of problems down the road. A properly maintained roof will last you years upon years.
Don’t try to fix any roof when the weather conditions are poor. Wet roofs greatly increase the chances of accidents caused by slips and falls. If you are performing your own roof repair, only work when conditions are sunny and dry.
Use rubber boots for traction when walking on your roof. Even in dry conditions you will reduce the chance of slipping if you wear the right kind of boots. Doing repair work up on the roof can be tricky and dangerous because of the awkward footing, so take safety precautions.
If you have a contractor coming to remove your old roof, be sure to cut the grass beforehand. It’s not uncommon for nails and other debris to land in the grass during construction. Shorter grass allows you to locate any errant nails. Even nail-finding equipment will work better when the grass is cut short, which makes the cleanup process easier and faster.
Keeping your roof in good shape goes a long way to keeping your home in tip-top shape. In a lot of ways, the roof of your home is an important asset to you. Keep this advice in mind, and apply it at the right time.