Repairing or replacing a roof is a pretty expensive matter, and not everyone can afford to do often. Hence, proper maintenance is the key for a long lasting strong roof. In this article, we have listed out the do’s and don’t’s while maintaining a roof.
Let’s read on to know more-
Inspection is the key before starting any sort of maintenance work. Roofs need to be inspected thrice a year (summer, autumn and winter) to check for cracks, mold buildup or any sort of repair work that might be carried out before the change of the season.
- Repair work
Inspection should be followed up with repair works. Failing to do so will lead to the disintegration of the roof, in whatever way it is possible. It is to be noted here that for the repair works that cannot be done on your own, it is better to hire a professional to do the same. Also, repair the tiniest of the damages, because they might lead to big damages in the near future.
- Say no to Power Wash
No matter how dirty your roof might be, it should never be power washed, as doing so causes serious erosion. Many a times, tile blocks or cement wash off during power wash, leaving the roof patchy ad much prone to cracks.
- Remove debris
A clean roof has a long life. Accumulating debris serves as a breeding ground for mold and fungi, which weakens the roof. Also, debris make the roof damp, which facilitates easy formation of cracks and creeks.
- Trim trees
Come storm and rain, there is nothing that is as much damaging to the roof than trees. Trees beating the roof left, right and centre during winds and storms cause serious damage. Prolonged exposure to trees leave deep cracks in the roof.
- Paint, if necessary
Painting the roof prevents the tile from developing fungi and mold. Painted roof also acts as a good refractor against the UV rays.
The most important thing for a roof maintenance is to pay attention to the warning signs. Mending cracks and creeks right after they appear is the best thing to do. Also, keeping off pets from the roof is a good way to maintain the condition of the roof. Experts also advice to avoid walking on the roof regularly, as they erode the surface, thinning the surface, leading the surface. Also, check with your property insurance if the maintenance of roofs is covered under it.