The roof on your home is one area that’s easy to overlook until a problem arises. Or you might be the type to get overly concerned after a recent storm and accidentally cause damage during a self-inspection. Most of the time, you can trust that the roof will do its job to protect your property, and avoiding these common mistakes helps you maintain its protective qualities.
Ignore Overhanging Branches
Those mature trees may provide your house with much-needed shade, but they could also pose a risk to the roof. Ideally, you should keep overhanging branches trimmed at least three feet away from the roof. This stops the branches from rubbing on the shingles on a windy day, and rodents will be less likely to get to the top of your house where they can gnaw through roofing materials.
Use Aggressive Cleaning Methods
Roofs can sometimes develop debris and mildew that are visible from the ground. Although those dark spots do require removal, you could do more harm than good during a DIY project. Aggressive power washing or the use of caustic chemicals can harm shingles to the point that they need replacement.
Install Items Directly on the Roof
Basketball nets, satellite dishes, and holiday lights are just a few of the things roofers and home renovation professionals find screwed and nailed into roofs. Unfortunately, even a single tiny nail hole could allow water to begin to make its way beneath the shingles. If you’re thinking about installing something on or near the roof, talking to a roofing professional first can prevent your upgrade from turning into a major source of regret.
Pull Up Shingles
Property owners sometimes cause damage even if they’re acting with the best of intentions. Inspecting the roof after a storm is a good idea, but you might need professional assistance to find out if there actually is a leak. Even pulling up a small corner of a shingle could break the seal and cause a problem where one didn’t exist before.
Allow Water to Collect on the Surface
Clogged gutters are a common reason for roof damage. During a rainstorm, you should be able to see the water running off the roof and down through the gutter system. If you see a pool of water collecting on any area of the roof, you’ll need to determine the cause and correct it right away.
Skip Annual Inspections
Roof inspections only take a few minutes, but they can save you from costly damage to both the interior and exterior of your property. Having the roof checked at the same time each year makes it easier to remember to schedule this important maintenance service. Then plan to inspect the roof after any severe inclement weather, especially when hail or high winds have damaged the roofs on other homes in your neighborhood.
Whether your home project involves roof repairs, bathroom remodeling, or a whole house remodel, you can rely on the team from Forever Builders for outstanding workmanship and exceptional service at affordable rates. From planning to completion, we’ll help you create the beautiful home you’ve always dreamed of. To find out more about our exceptional roofing, renovation, and remodeling services, give one of our friendly team members a call today at (833) 583-0308.