Your roof is one of the most significant elements of your home’s structure. It protects you from the elements, keeps your family and belongings safe, maintains the structural integrity of your property, and adds value through curb appeal. Considering the role your roof plays in your family’s well-being and the property value of your home, keeping it in good repair is essential.
In addition to the normal wear and tear of age, southeast Pennsylvania homeowners also have the effects of all four seasons to contend with, from the blazing heat of summer to the snow and ice of winter. Working with JL Roofing and Siding will ensure that your roof is well-maintained, but there are a few tips that can help you reap the greatest benefit from your relationship with your roofer.
Here are the top five things roofers would like for clients to know so they can work together most effectively to prolong the life and value of your roof.
- Even simple roofing jobs like seasonal cleaning are best handled by professionals.
Tempted to clean that snow or those fallen leaves and twigs off of your roof yourself? It may seem like a simple job, but there are good reasons to not attempt it yourself. First and foremost, safety is always a concern when accessing your roof. A slip and fall from the roof or a ladder can lead to serious injury or even be fatal.
Beyond that, though, it’s important to consider the equipment you will be using to clean your roof. Most homeowners will opt for brooms or rakes because they can reach far, but these household items are not designed for use on roofs. Sharp edges may scrape your shingles, causing costly damage. Professional roofers have both the expertise and equipment to safely and effectively clean your roof.
- Getting your roof replaced or repaired will go more smoothly if you are prepared for the project.
Is it time for your roof to be replaced or repaired? In order for the project to go smoothly, talk with your roofer about how you can prepare for the work to be done. Depending on the extent of the work and how long the project will last, you may have to cover up or remove belongings from your attic, move your car from the driveway, or possibly even stay out of the home for some of the time.
You’ll want to know what areas kids and pets should stay away from, and take precautions to secure or move any outdoor furniture that may be affected by work being done overhead. Keep in mind as well that roofing projects can be quite noisy and messy, so in addition to staying clear of falling debris you’ll want to be sure you—and your neighbors—are prepared for any adjustments that might lead to.
- A visual inspection of your roof is not enough to determine its health or structural integrity.
After a storm or after the snowy winter months, it’s a good idea to inspect your roof for damage. A visual inspection is certainly a good place to start, and can alert you to obvious damage like missing shingles. However in order to be sure your roof is in truly good shape, more than a visual inspection of the roof itself is needed. It’s important to check indoors as well, looking especially for water stains, mold, or rot that are a telltale sign water has penetrated the roof’s protective barrier.
- Not all roofing companies are created equal.
Finding a roofing company you can trust is essential to taking care of your roof. It’s important that your roofer be licensed and insured. You can also check the company out with the Better Business Bureau to make sure that there are no major unresolved complaints against them. When it comes to roofing professionals, it’s important to vet them well ahead of time, as you are entrusting them with the care of a major component of your house’s structure.
- An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Noticing the beginnings of cracks or buckling with your shingles? Or maybe a tiny water stain? Don’t wait for a small problem to get bigger and more costly. Investigate signs of trouble and get a professional opinion right away. Taking action sooner rather than later can save you a lot of trouble, and money, down the road.
With these tips in mind, you’ll be able to find and establish a relationship with JL Roofing and Siding that will see you through all of your roofing maintenance and needs.