It probably won’t surprise you that I spend a lot of time on roofs. Besides admiring the great views they provide, I’ve made quite a few observations about roofing over the years and I’m going to share a couple with you today along with some tips for making sure your roof is providing adequate protection.
I’ll be providing more roof advice in the months to come, and these are just a few at the top of my list.
First, a strong roof is one of your home’s primary defenses against wind and rain, and without a sturdy, dependable roof, you are putting the rest of the house in jeopardy. Second, by performing some basic maintenance, you will increase your roof’s longevity and possibly stop a problem from becoming a catastrophe.
- Annual Inspection: Have someone, preferably a roofing specialist, go up and examine your roof. They will be on the outlook for any damage—nails poking out that weren’t there before, dislodged flashing and shingles—and if they find anything, it’s best to address the situation as soon as possible. You can do the inspection yourself—I’m not advocating for this—or you could try a more modern approach and use a drone with a camera.
- Keep the gutters clean: This is tremendously important and I see a lot of damaged caused by cluttered gutters. Why? Water will go backwards in a high wind and if your gutters are clogged, that means the water will rot your fascia boards and the edge of the roofs. Depending on the amount of trees near your house, I would advise checking your gutters seasonally to make sure they’re intact and clog free.
Dan Bowden, Owner of roofing company, Compass Designs, grew up in the construction business, spending 30 years working in the industry and became a roofing specialist more than a decade ago. Dan is one of MyStrongHome’s trusted partner/contractors, and can show you why FORTIFIED is the best roof system and how your insurance savings can help pay for it.