While not necessarily "out of sight," the roof is often "out of mind" for most homeowners. Even though it is such an important part of the home, you may not place much emphasis on the look and durability of the roof. This can lead to extensive leaks, water damage, and costly repairs. With this guide, you will learn how to avoid a few common mistakes many homeowners make with their roofs.
Thinking a Loose or Missing Shingles Is Not a Big Deal
If you have a shingle that has come loose or you notice one on the ground around your home, you may think it is not a big concern. Unfortunately, this is one of the most common and most dangerous mistakes homeowners can make.
It is important to remember that the shingles are imperative. They are designed to be an extra layer of protection between the elements and your home's interior. While one or a few may have become loose or fallen off completely, water and debris can quickly penetrate these "open" spaces of your roof, causing small leaks that add up to big problems for your home, your health, and your finances.
Even if it is just one or a few shingles that have become loose or fallen off, make sure they are replaced as soon as possible.
Excessively Pressure-Washing Your Roof
A pressure washer can be a great tool for removing dirt, dust, mud, and mold from your home's exterior and other outdoor surfaces. Because it is so effective and the high-powered spray of water is capable of reaching higher areas of your home, you may think it is a great option for washing off your roof. While surprising to learn, too high of water pressure can do more harm to your roof than good.
The high spray of water can loosen your roofing shingles, which will require replacements and repairs before you experience a leak. In addition, the high-powered spray of water can be dangerous if you are working on top of your roof of while on a ladder perched next to your roof.
Instead of using a pressure washer, soak the roof with a cleaning solution that can be left to soak without the worry of rinsing with your pressure washer. A 50-50 solution containing water and bleach is sufficient for not only removing dirt and dust, but also mold and algae.
Maintaining your roofing is possible without hazardous leaks and dangerous accidents – as long as you avoid these common mistakes.
Is the roof on your home ready for replacement? If so, do you know what type of roofing you are going to have installed to replace it? Will you have the existing roof removed, or just have the home re-roofed? You will face several decisions while you work to replace the roof on your home. Scroll through my site to find a great list that can help you decide what product and method of installation will be best for your home. Hopefully, the information provided will take some of the confusion and stress out of this big, important home improvement project.