Roof maintenance is perhaps the most neglected aspect of home-improvement. Roof repair and replacement are much more profitable. If you are one who believes in doing it yourself, do take care to educate yourself about the various methods of roof maintenance, before you start. Roofs need to be cleaned and maintained, from the inside out, to provide protection against damage from weather, vandalism and fire.
Roof maintenance is the act of eliminating algae, mildew, moss, lichens, and mildew. Also, brushing corrosion on metal roofs, especially where there is a large crack. Regular cleaning will prolong the life of a roof. Roofs that are frequently in contact with rain or snow are best serviced by a roof maintenance company. If a small leak comes up through no fault of your own, call in the professionals for emergency help and restoration work.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) outlines the duties of roof maintenance professionals. They include inspections of all major systems, and testing and repairing damaged equipment. Other duties include testing the fire sprinklers, conducting periodic inspections of attic insulation and ventilating system, repairing leaks, and checking the electrical wiring.
When the roof maintenance business is complete, your house should be in a good condition, and you should be able to resell it for the same price or more. Roofs need to be serviced periodically because they are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. Leaks under flashing are a common problem. Repairs must be made immediately, or the danger of electrocution becomes real.
As part of roof maintenance, you need to make periodic inspections and tests of certain parts of the system. The inspection process can include visual examination of the structure, visual observations of the condition, and conducting tests such as pulling out rotten sections. A contractor can do this inspection himself or hire someone who is qualified. If you do not have the time or the money to invest in hiring someone to perform the tests, you should check with your local governing body, because they can provide information about license requirements for contractors.
Although many people think roof maintenance only involves major repairs, this is not true. Roof maintenance includes minor repairs, such as replacing a few shingles when they become damaged, replacing some loose tiles, or repainting some parts of the structure. You should have the roof checked by a contractor at least once a year to check for signs of deterioration, because some of these problems can lead to larger problems if left untreated. For example, a leak can easily become worse if not repaired immediately, because of the stagnant water underneath the damaged tiles.
The National House Building Council (NHBOC) offers a downloadable “issan roofing repair guide.” These downloadable DIY kits include materials needed for minor repairs, as well as a checklist of the most common roofing problems and how to fix them. This guide can be used for contractors, novices, or home owners. There are also annual roof maintenance tips included in the kit that can be used to help homeowners keep their roofs in good condition.
Some experts believe that it is more important to implement a routine maintenance program than it is to actually pay for expensive repairs. Because routine maintenance can save you thousands of dollars in the long run, it is well worth the money. It is important to remember that all building materials are subject to depreciation. This is why you should only spend money on completely new roofing materials if you plan on replacing your roof down the road. Homeowners should also check to see if their tax obligation will allow for property taxes to be deductible from their mortgage.