One of the most common mistakes homeowners make is failing to inspect their roof until they notice a leak inside their house. After all, why look for trouble if you don't have to? Unfortunately, skipping home maintenance will end up costing you a lot of money in the long run. Roof repair is recommended every spring and fall, as well as after any major storms that can cause harm.
Depending on your roof and possible damage, you may want to consider hiring a roof inspector to avoid personal injury.
Although there are some tasks specific to the material of your roof, all homeowners should regularly sweep, blow or wash debris off their roof. Leaves, sticks and trash that accumulates on your roof can cause a variety of problems such as allowing algae to grow, damaging shingles or clogging your gutters. You should also trim tree branches away from your roof to minimize the possibility branches causing damage during a storm and of animals getting into your house.
In addition to checking the roof itself, you should also make sure your insurance is up to date.
Roof problems account for 39 percent of all homeowner insurance claims, according to the National Roof Certification and Inspection Association. Annually, review your homeowner's insurance policy to ensure that your coverage is current and that substantial roof damage is protected.
While a roof repair or replacement needed due to storm damage is usually insured, a roof replacement required due to wear and tear is not so stay on top of it!