Summer is here and that means hectic weather including anything from severe storms through to bushfires and everything in between. Our homes take a beating throughout the year, but summer seems to be the harshest of the seasons.
This summer doesn’t have to take a toll on your roof though. Whilst severe weather systems are given every summer in Texas, you can do a few things to reduce the risk of damage to your roof this summer.
We have put together the five dos and don’ts of roof maintenance and care this summer.
Roof Maintenance #1: Pressure Hoses
Seeing a lot of moss or mould on your roof? The first thought you might have is to get on the roof with a pressure cleaner and wash away the problem. Despite the idea being a great start to roof maintenance, unless you know exactly the best way to pressure clean a roof, you could do more damage than leaving the mould and algae in place. Check your roof material, and then check the manufacturer recommended cleaning method.
Pressure cleaners provide an intense stream of water which can remove the top layer of your roof protectant along with the offending mould and mildew. If you don’t want to run the risk of if you are not sure the best way to clean the roof, give the team at Elevate Roofing a call, we are happy to come out and provide advice on your roof maintenance
Roof Maintenance #2: Trees
We must say this a lot, but you can never be too careful with trees and bushes around the home. Not only do they drop leaves and debris into gutters, they can provide a springboard for bushfires to your home. Check your local regulations, but your home should always have a cleared area around it to prevent certain issues arising from trees being too close, including falling branches in summer storms and giving embers in bushfires a good start at your home.
Roofing Maintenance #3: Storm Season
Gutters and Drains work to take stormwater away from your roof and to stop it seeping into your roof cavity, causing havoc on your home. Cutting back your trees for storm season is the perfect first step. However, you also need to make sure your gutters and drains have a free and clear run; to allow them to drain stormwater quickly and efficiently away from your home.
Roof Maintenance #4: Checking for Leaks
Whilst checking and changing roof tiles can seem like a simple and easy roof maintenance job, you could unintentionally cause damage to roof tiles that were perfect beforehand. Moving tiles can scratch them or those around them and remove the protective coating.
Some roofing materials can also be difficult to put back into place, and you could cause more damage and leaks than you had originally. It is best to call a professional like Elevate Roofing to get the job done safely and without causing further damage.
Roofing Maintenance #5: DIY Solar Panels and Satellite Dishes
These types of home improvements especially roof maintenance should always be left to the professionals, in some cases these items need to be installed by a licenced technician and by doing it yourself, you can void the product warranty, cause damage to your roof and even void your home insurance.
You can repair or replace your own roof, but we would never suggest that you actually try it. There are too many ways to cause damage to the roof or to yourself if you don’t take the proper precautions and ultimately these can end up costing you far more than the money you saved by NOT hiring a qualified contractor in the first place.
All that being said, choose a contractor carefully and do a little research, don’t hire the first guy that pulls up in a pickup truck with a hammer. Make sure he is licensed and insured and has the proper qualifications to do the job right.
DO NOT think you will save money by hiring the cheapest guy, most often they will cost you far more in the long run. Check with the authority to verify a contractors credentials and how long he has been in business.
Thank you for reading Five Roof Maintenance Dos and Don’ts with us!
If your roof is damaged this summer storm season, or you are unsure of the maintenance needed, contact us today for a regular roof check-up. Avoid costly mistakes and discover how Elevate Roofing can help you and your home by getting in touch today. Call to speak to one of our friendly team on 214 952 0203, or you can fill in our contact form and we will be in touch shortly.
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