Importance of Roof Maintenance
Why it’s important to maintain your roof?
Even though roof maintenance is one of the most important activities every South African homeowner must keep up with, it’s also one of the most overlooked areas. Neglecting this can result in costly repairs and could even lead to damage inside the house. In this blog, we’ll discuss why it’s important to maintain your roof and what steps you can take to keep it in tip-top shape.
Protecting your home.
It stands to reason that the goal of any roof is to protect your home from the elements. This includes rain, hail, wind, sunlight, and everything else in between. When your roof is in good condition, it can prevent water from entering your home. As can be seen by the recent Vaal River floods, water damage is one of the most devastating things that can happen. This extends to not just your belongings but the structure itself. Let’s not forget that a damaged roof can also allow pests like rats and mice to make nests which can create health hazards and damage your property.
Extend your roof’s lifespan.
Regular roof maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your roof. A well-maintained roof can last up to 20 years or more. A poorly maintained one, may only last a few years before it needs to be replaced. Regular inspections can help you identify small issues before they become bigger problems that require costly repairs or replacement.
Save money on electricity.
If there’s one thing all South Africans know all too well, is the high cost of electricity. A well-maintained roof can also help you save money on energy bills. Your roof plays a crucial role in regulating your home’s temperature. A damaged roof can allow hot air to escape during the winter, and cool air to escape during the summer. This means your heating and cooling systems will have to work harder to maintain a comfortable temperature, which can result in higher energy bills. And when rolling blackouts come along, this is made even worse as a loss of air temperature can create significant discomfort in winter and summer months.
Improve curb appeal.
One of the most important things when it comes to roof maintenance is that it can significantly improve the curb appeal of your home. Your roof is one of the first things people see when they drive past. A damaged or unsightly roof can make a poor impression. For its part, a well-maintained roof can enhance the appearance of your home and increase its value.
How to maintain your roof.
Here are some easy steps you can take to maintain your roof:
- Schedule regular inspections. Ideally, you should have your roof inspected by a professional at least once a year to flag any potential concerns.
- Keep your roof clean. Keeping your roof clean is important to prevent the growth of moss, algae, or other debris that can damage the shingles. You can use a pressure washer or a cleaning solution to remove any build-up. Doing this before the rainy season starts is vital as you don’t want blocked gutters causing water damage to your roof.
- Trim overhanging trees. Overhanging tree branches can damage your roof during high winds or storms. Keep trees trimmed to prevent them from scraping or breaking your roof. It also mitigates the risk of rodents using branches as an easy way of getting into your roof.
- Repair any damage promptly. If you notice any damage to your roof, such as missing shingles or a leak, it’s important to repair it as quickly as possible. Ignoring the issue can lead to more extensive damage and costly repairs.
While many might think it a grudge activity, maintaining your roof is essential to protecting your home. Even something as basic as a visual inspection can dramatically save you money in repairs down the line.
Finding the right specialist for the job will ensure your exterior walls are left looking brand-new and protected against any further damage. We are specialist waterproofing, roof repair, damp repair, crack repair and painting contractors based in Johannesburg and Pretoria. We provide obligation-free quotes, basic site inspections, and are expertly positioned to provide you with a solution for your individual needs.
Contact a representative from Universal Roofing here.