At Impervious Homes, we know that maintaining a strong, durable, and weather-resistant roof is crucial for the overall longevity and safety of your home. Our expertise goes beyond installing new roofs; we’re also passionate about helping homeowners understand how to take care of their roofs. Here are some DIY roofing tips from our experts that all Cranston residents can use.
Know When to Inspect
Regular inspections are key to the longevity of your roof. Performing a thorough roof inspection at least twice a year, and after every major storm, can help spot minor issues before they escalate into more significant damage.
We do want to emphasize that while some inspections can be done from the ground or through binoculars, any up-close inspections should only be conducted by certified professionals for safety reasons. Fall-related injuries are common in the roofing industry, and non-professionals should avoid climbing onto roofs.
Keep It Clean
The longer dirt, leaves, and other debris accumulate on your roof, the more likely it is to cause problems. Not only can they clog gutters, causing water to back up onto the roof, but they can trap moisture which can trigger rot or mold. Regularly clean your roof and gutters in order to prolong the life of your roof.
A word of warning though: Pressure washing, although effective at removing debris, can severely damage your roof if done improperly. It’s better to call a local roofing company to thoroughly and safely clean your roof.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
A properly ventilated roof can greatly enhance the lifespan of your roof while also contributing to a more energy-efficient home. In summer, adequate roof ventilation can help prevent your attic from becoming a heat trap, while in winter it can help prevent snow from melting and refreezing which can create damaging ice dams.
This is a more complex DIY job, needing tools and expertise. If you’re unsure about how to handle this, we recommend reaching out to professionals.
There’s so much to consider with roofing–from material types to roofing techniques–which can feel overwhelming for many homeowners. If you need help in Cranston, consider reaching out to a local roofing company like us at Impervious Homes. We’re always here to assist you!