In order to keep our homes in good functioning order, as well as, keep everyone in our home dry, as homeowners, you’ll want to ensure you have a good quality roof. A roof is there to protects us, our home, and our family from the elements. For these reasons, special care will need to be taken to ensure that our roof lasts a long time, for some types, even a lifetime!
As sad as it is, at TC Metal Roofing, we have seen our fair share of neglected roofs. We know life gets hectic sometimes and busy homeowners just forget that simple roof maintenance when they are doing their normal household maintenance is key to a longer lasting roof. We also know it is easy to forget about the roof, and not notice it until you notice a problem. Problems with our roof can cause not only structural damage to our home, but it can also cause a risk to our health. That is why we find it so important to make sure that we do periodic roof maintenance to ensure the longevity and functionality of our roof. Read on for 5 mistakes that we may be making with our roof.
Roofing Mistake: Over-Insulating Your Home
One of the most common roof mistakes that we see made is homeowners tending to over-insulating their homes. When too much insulation is present in one place in the attic, this leads to not enough ventilation going through the attic. This can cause some extreme damage to the roof. Ventilation issues will cause moisture buildup and even structural issues. We cannot stress enough, the importance of having your attic professionally insulated. If you believe you may have too much insulation in your attic, just let us know and one of the experts at TC Metal Roofing will be able to inspect the area, access the situation and let you know what steps you need to take, moving forward to ensure that there is proper airflow.
Roofing Mistake: Cleaning Your Roof with a Pressure Washer
We’ve all done it at least once. When we want a cleaner roof, the first thing that we will do is grab the pressure washer. After all, we use the pressure washer for everything else outdoors, don’t we? The pressure washer can get rid of mildew, mold, and moss if it is growing on the roof. However, using a pressure washer can be detrimental to your roof. A pressure washer can loosen tiles, or shingles, and can even cause water to get beneath metal roofing, causing a plethora of problems.
Pressure washers should never be used on rooftops as they may let water into the home and cause damage to the roof. Instead of using a pressure washer, a hose should be used to clean the roof. If there is something on the roof that cannot be cleaned off with just a hose, a professional company should be called to clean the rooftop properly. Again, TC Metal Roofing Contractors offer free inspections 7 days a week. There’s really no excuse not to have your roof checked out! This leads us to our next point…
Roofing Mistake: Not Regularly Inspecting Your Roof
Yes, we’re talking to you. You know it’s been a while, and it’s probably time to have your roof inspected again. Why wait? Because you know something could be wrong and you want to prolong paying that hard earned money? We get it. We’re blue collar guys, ourselves! However, one of the most common mistakes that we see made with our roofs is not having them inspected.
Many of us typically do not look at our roof unless we see some kind of leak. Just because we do not see a leak does not mean there is not a problem. It is important to inspect the roof periodically to look for loose shingles, loose metal, or anything that may cause the roof to malfunction. It is a great idea if we start inspecting our roofs at least once a month to ensure that we can treat any small repairs before they become larger and more expensive repairs.
Roofing Mistake: Not Checking Your Attic
During our roof inspection check, another area that we should check is the attic. A common mistake that is made is that the attic is never inspected to ensure that there are no issues with excessive humidity and mold growth. Roofing leaks will start in the attic first before they ever get into the ceiling. It is imperative that as homeowners, we check the attic periodically to ensure that the humidity is not too much, there is no water leakage, and there are no signs of mold growth.
Roofing Mistake: Re-Roofing Over Shingles
As homeowners, we may try to cut corners and save money, and this is big in the world of roof mistakes. For years, people have said that it is okay to put new shingles over existing shingles, and there could be some circumstances where in a few cases, we could do this. However, for most cases, this can only make roofing damage worse. Old shingles will need to be removed before new shingles can be placed on the roof. If this is not done, the shingles may not seal, and there may be roof leaks. You will then have, not only the expense of putting on shingles but the expense of removing the other shingles. When hiring a roofing company, we will need to make sure that they take off all the old shingles before installing new shingles.
Roofing Mistake: Not Calling Professionals
The worst thing that you can do for your roof is to not call a professional roofer. While it is true that you may save money upfront by doing it yourself, the reality of the situation is that you are not a professional roofer. Not allowing us, as professional roofers to do our job can cause issues with the roof. Trust us, you don’t know roofs as well as we do! Simply put, you won’t know how to install the roof where it will not leak. You could spend all the time in the world putting on a roof, only to have to replace it with professionals in just a couple months. It is important that you find a professional roofing company that is well experienced. As homeowners, you will come out better hiring a professional roofing company that knows what they are doing.
As homeowners, we will want to ensure that our roof lasts for many years. With proper care, our roof can last for many years. It is important that we follow all the steps above to make sure that our roof is well protected. If we do see any signs of damage, is important to call a roofing company to come out to inspect the roof to ensure that there is nothing wrong with it. If we do need a roof replacement, it is always wise to have that roof installed by a professional company they can warranty the work and ensure that it is installed properly.
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