The experts at Buffalo Roofing Company want to know: What's protecting you, your home, and your belongings from rain, snow, and wind? The answer, of course, is your roof. However, if you don't take the time to keep your roof in the best shape, it won't be able to do the best possible job when it comes to protecting you and your family.
The financial details
A number of homeowners prefer not to worry about the condition of their roofs, thinking that they will cross that bridge when or if they come to it. But, not taking a proactive stance when it comes to the literal roof over your head can end up costing you a figurative arm and a leg.
As a representative from Buffalo Roofing explains, “It could be anywhere from $6,000 to $20,000 to replace a roof. But if you don’t get the roof replaced, the damage that incurs inside is going to double."
Think of it this way. It's a lot easier to replace your roof's shingles or to fix up the gutters than it is to replace family heirlooms and one-of-a-kind personal possessions.
Check out the shingles
The shingles on your roof stand between your home and a leak. It can be easy to tell if the shingles on the top of the house are worn and crumbling away. Walk around the perimeter of your home and look at the ground. If there's been a windstorm recently, you're likely to find broken shingles on the ground in the area around the home.
You might also be able to look at the roof and see if the shingles are damaged. Look for curled or broken shingles, or for shingles that are completely missing.
The Buffalo Roofing Company representative also notes that missing or worn out shingles are responsible for leaks in many cases. "We get a lot of calls when people have leaks. Shingles can have a granular base and when the heavy rains come, the granules are washed away, which leads to a significant amount of roof protection lost.”
The sooner you take action when you notice any missing or broken shingles, or any signs of a leaky roof, the better. The cost will be lower if you fix the problem while it's still relatively small.
Don't forget the gutters
You might not think of the gutters as part of your roof, but they play an important role in keeping your roof in good shape. Cleaning your gutters regularly is an important household chore, as Mike Klein of Buffalo Roofing Company reminds. If leaves and other debris are allowed to collect in the gutters, gutters won't be able to do their job properly.
The gutters will clog and prevent water from washing away from the roof. In the winter, the water in the gutters can freeze, become very heavy, and pull away from the home, consequently wreaking havoc. Excess moisture on the roof due to clogged gutters can encourage the growth of mold, moss, or other fungus, which can damage the integrity of the roof.
Look out for trees and pests
Tree branches that overhang the roof present a number of concerns to the average homeowner. First of all, if those branches snap during a storm or due to health issues with the tree, they are likely to fall on the roof, potentially causing considerable damage.
Tree branches can also damage the roof through friction. If the branch is in contact with the rooftop, it can rub away at the shingles, causing them to wear down over time. Maintain the trees around your properly, keeping wayward branches trimmed and out of the way of your roof.
Pests present another range of problems. If your roof is worn out or if parts of it are rotted, animals such as mice, squirrels, and raccoons can move in, invading your home. Regularly check on the state of your roof, looking out for worn areas or areas where it looks as though an animal has moved in.
Match the issues to your area
Different parts of the country face different challenges when it comes to roofs. For example, a home in Florida is more likely to suffer damage from a tropical storm or hurricane than a home in Arizona. A house in Maine is more likely to be damaged by a blizzard or ice storm than a home in California.
If you live in an area that gets a lot of snowfall, it might be a good idea to invest in a device, such as a snow rake, that can remove snow from the roof, keeping it from weighing down the roof or falling on a passersby. If your area sees a number of hurricanes or tropical storms, it's a good idea to check out your roof after each storm and to remove any debris that has collected on it. As the team at Buffalo Roofing Company points out, a little extra effort to keep your roof in good shape can be worth a lot when it comes to protecting your home and family.