Houses, with reasonable care, are supposed to last way past the owner’s lifetime. But with the changing seasons, a house is subjected to punishment all through the year. Without the right care, your house will sustain some damage that might cost you quite a sum.
The first part of your house that gets the most exposure to the elements is the roof. Now whether you have shingles or metal roofing in Salt Lake City, proper care and maintenance will go a long way in ensuring your house always feels like home.
Here’s some advice for taking care of your roofing system:
Keep the warranty
Your roofing contractor probably gave you a warranty for their work. Keep the warranty somewhere safe and easy to find. While your roof is under warranty, you may be able to save money on minor repairs, inspections, and perhaps even replacement of some parts. Your insurance should also cover some of the costs.
Don’t walk on your roof
Whether it’s asphalt shingles, tile, metal, or any other material, a roof is not designed to carry your weight. Avoid walking on it as much as possible. For inspections, use a ladder and a pair of binoculars if your roof is too high. You can also remove snow, leaves, branches, or any other debris without stepping on the roof, or at least not staying on it for too long.
Inspect your roof
Don’t just leave it to rot after the installation. Do an inspection every time the season changes, or at least every four or six months. An inspection will help you avoid costlier repair and replacements because you are likely to find the signs before anything major happens. If you cannot do this by yourself (not all homeowners are good at this, especially if the roof is high), it’s advisable to call your contractor or a roof inspection and cleaning service.
Your home is a complex collection of systems. One of the most important of those systems is the roofing. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most frequently damaged. But keep in mind these suggestions. You can make your house last a lot longer if you nip those common issues in the bud.