Roofing Tips From A General Contractor – Forbes Advisor

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Your roof protects your home and everything in it. It usually does a great job, even if it rarely gets the appreciation and attention it deserves. Here are a few things to know about your roof and how to maintain it.

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A: As with any building material, the best of all depends on location and climate. Metal roofing meets all requirements for almost everywhere. Its attractiveness and functionality in any environment and in any weather places it at the top of my favorites list.

Q: We know that roofs “breathe”, but what does that mean for maintenance?

A: Attic ventilation allows moisture and extremely hot or cold air to escape before it enters your home’s living space. The only maintenance required is little or no boxes and other items in the attic. Objects in the attic can obstruct airflow and make the ventilation system unusable.

If you must put things in the attic, place them as close to the center of the house and as low as possible to minimize the airflow. Avoid blocking vents or damaging the insulation.

Q: What is the best way to clean your roof?

A: A roof will function in most situations without ever needing to be cleaned. However, if your roof is prone to developing moss or other growths, it should not be cleaned often. Mix bleach and water in a garden sprayer and apply the mixture to affected areas as they occur. Rinse with a garden hose. Rinsing from above will keep water from getting under the shingles. Use extreme caution as the roof can become slippery when wet. Never use a pressure washer on any roof. Scrubbing is generally not a good idea either.

Q: How do you know if your roof is installed correctly?

A: Do a thorough inspection after the roof is complete. Your favorite roofer should have replaced all vents and rubber boots around penetrations. All flashes around chimneys and in valleys should be brand new. The roof should be a visually consistent color and generally appear to have clean, straight lines on every part.

Q: How long do roofs usually last and what affects the lifespan?

A: A completely ignored asphalt shingle roof will last about 15 years. Maybe 10 to 15 years longer in mild climates. More durable roofing materials, such as metal or slate, can last 50 years or more.

Weather is the biggest factor influencing longevity. Wind and sun can wreak havoc on a roof, even if the installation is done perfectly. Trees can provide shade protection or cause significant damage. Do not let tree branches touch the roof and remove dead branches before they fall on it.

Q: What are some new roof trends you notice?

A: Metal roofing is becoming popular everywhere I look. It is simply much better than any other type of roofing material currently available.

Q: Where are the typical weak spots in a roof of an average two-story house?

A: Whatever type of roof you have, anything that protrudes from the roof face is a potential weak spot. Flashes around chimneys and where the roof meets dormer walls are especially vulnerable.

Q: Can your insurance go up based on the? type of roofing material you choose, and why?

A: I am not in the insurance industry. But I know that metal roofs receive fewer damage complaints after a storm. Insurance companies may prefer metal over weaker asphalt shingles.

Wooden shingles, such as cedar shakes, can cause problems with insurance rates because they are not fireproof.

Q: How often should you have your roof inspected?

A: Average homeowners can visually inspect their roof from the ground at any time. The recommendation is once in the spring and once in the autumn. I like to check my roof about once a month and right after a storm because I have several trees on my roof that have caused damage.

If you notice anything that seems out of place, or recognize damage, call a trusted roofing company for a professional inspection.

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