When it comes to your home, routine maintenance is key to keeping it in great shape — and the same goes for your roof. Some maintenance is a quick task for homeowners while others could result in injury or more damage to your roof.
If you’re looking to save money with D.I.Y roof maintenance, we’re here to share what you can do yourself to keep your roof in great shape, and what are some roofing D.I-Don’ts.
DIY: Visually Check For Missing Shingles And Damage
High winds and heavy rain, which are common in Central Florida, can cause damage to your roof. The damage may not be noticeable at first, but can lead to major issues over time. After a storm, walk around the exterior of your house to look for signs of damage. Grab a pair of binoculars and look for spots on the roof where shingles are missing, cracked, or curling up at the sides.
Getting up on the roof for this can be unsafe and cause more damage to the roof. Be sure to stick to a visual inspection, and if you see signs that the roof has been damaged, call a roofing company for a closer inspection.
Call The Pros: Replace Missing Shingles
Replacing missing or damaged shingles requires skill and safety precautions. If you have missing shingles, there’s a chance you could have other problems that need to be addressed, such as loose or damaged flashing. Professional roofers know how to look for those additional problems — and fix them safely. Hiring a roofing company to handle seemingly small repairs could prevent you from having to pay for larger repairs later.
DIY: Keep Your Gutters Clean
The purpose of your gutter system is to divert water away from your house. When they become clogged, the water can collect in your gutters and cause water damage to your roof. Leaves and debris can also become heavy and pull on the roof, causing even more damage. Homeowners who are willing and able can tackle this DIY roof maintenance project can grab a ladder, gloves, bucket, and scoop, and start clearing out debris.
Pro-Tip: For best results, clean out gutters in May and October — before and after the rainy season.
Call The Pros: Roof Installation
If it’s time to replace your roof, you’ll definitely want to work with a professional roofing company like Stanley’s Roofing, who will help you choose the best roofing material for your style and budget and make sure it’s installed professionally.
Replacing your roof is not an easy task, even for the most experienced DIYer. A new roof is a big investment that affects your entire property, and by hiring a professional roofing company, you’ll ensure it’s installed properly and you’ll get a warranty to protect your investment.
Knowing when you can handle a project yourself and when to bring in professionals is an important part of maintaining your home. When it comes to your roof, if you have any doubts about your DIY abilities, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and call in the professionals. Contact Stanley’s Roofing today to schedule your inspection and estimate.