Roofing: What to Maintain and Why

Having a roof over your head is pretty important, as it allows you to stay warm, dry, and secure at home. Like most things, you need to look after your roof so it can look after you. Repairs to roofing can be very costly, but they’re often avoidable. Common forms of damage come from adverse weather, pests, and general wear and tear. Luckily, you don’t need to break the bank to maintain your roof, feel secure, and save yourself money. This article will look at what you need to look out for and why roof maintenance is important.

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Maintaining Your Roof

Avoiding these vital tasks can leave you filing a roof insurance claim, which could end up getting rejected and leave you with an undesirable hole in your home and wallet. When carrying out maintenance, you should look at these areas:

  • Shingles – check the shingles often, especially after heavy storms. Using your ladder, check for cracked shingles that could be easy to miss.
  • Clear gutters – having gutters clear of debris means that water can run freely away from your house. While you’re up there, you can make sure you don’t have any undesirable pests like making your gutter their home.
  • Leaks – keep an eye out for leaks because the longer they are left unchecked, the more it can cost you. You might not be able to see running water – watch for brown patches on the ceiling.
  • Call in the pros – investing in a professional to do a once over for your roof can be more cost-effective than paying to repair your roof.

Now that you’ve got a fundamental overview of the areas to maintain, let’s consider why it’s so important.

Early Detection

Keeping on top of regular maintenance will allow you to spot problems way before they become real issues. Spotting issues like missing shingles will allow you to treat the area promptly before you’ve got a flood on your hands. When you don’t know what you’re doing, it can be easy to overlook roofing issues.

Expands Life

It might be self-explanatory, but maintaining your roof regularly will increase the lifespan of your roof. Further, you are less likely to encounter severe mold through your upper floors.


As well as early detection, finding issues early will save you considerable amounts of money in the long run. A missing shingle is easy to replace, and leaving it too long will turn this molehill into a mountain.

Holds Beauty

When your roof is full of moss, plagued with missing shingles or peeled flashing, it can leave your house looking unsightly. Putting in some time to clean your roof alongside checking for damage will let your home keep hold of its beauty.

There we have it. Some simple reasons why you should look after your roof. The most important thing to keep in mind is that the more work you put in now, the less work you need to do later – and the less money you will spend.

Judith Barnes

I am a freelance writer and blogger based in New York City. I love to write about home design, landscaping, architecture, gardens, real estate, and exterior design. I also run a blog called Mypropertal, where I share tips about home and garden improvement projects. In addition to writing, I work part-time as a social media manager for a real estate company in NYC.

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