Having a quality roof on your home is an absolute requirement for most homeowners (or should be!). It’s something that a lot of homeowners tend to take for granted or assume doesn’t need much work. However, your roof repair can’t get done by itself. This means it’s your responsibility as the homeowner to ensure that your roof is in good condition for years to come. There are plenty of roofing mistakes that can be easy to make without the proper knowledge. That said, let’s go over a few:
Over-Insulating Your Home
You may be of the impression that the more insulation you have the better off you will be during the colder months. However, if you have insulation in your attic and you’ve gone a little overboard or the person who installed it put too much in, that can be bad news. Over insulating your attic means that you roof doesn’t have the room to breathe. Your roof needs to have proper ventilation otherwise you could find yourself running into issues with moisture getting trapped which can lead to mold growth. Mold can cause plenty of serious health issues if not removed and treated properly.
Roof Cleaning With a Pressure Washer
Many people have seen those oh-so-satisfying videos online of walls, sidewalks and wood patios/fences being pressure washed. It’s amazing to see a once dilapidated surface return to near-new looking condition with a few swipes of water. With such amazing cleaning power and the ability to wash down your siding for a shining new look, why can’t it be used on the roof as well? Be assured that plenty of people have made the mistake of power washing their asphalt shingling and causing major damage. That harsh blast seems like the perfect routine to get dirt, grim and debris off of your roof but he pressure can be too much for your shingling and will work its way to dislodging pieces or causing leakes.
If you don’t have your roof inspected in the past three years it’s probably time to schedule it to be done. Some homeowners like to do that work themselves but if you’d rather stay safe on the ground and have a professional opinion, get a roofing contractor. Having a preventative maintenance checklist can be very beneficial to fixing issues that might grow bigger given time. You may not be able to spot potential damage and leaks but a seasoned professional can quick given you the rundown on what your roof might need. It’s suggested that you have an inspection at least every three years if you have asphalt shingles and every 5 years for heavier materials like ceramic tiles.
Avoiding your attic
We get it, the attic is a spooky place for most people. So, unless your’s is a finished room you probably use it for seasonal holiday storage and leave it alone most of the year. If you want to catch any sneaky leaking or problems before they become big issues you will need to visit your attic. If you have recently had a heavy storm and want to be sure that there isn’t water leaking into your home you should step up there with a flashlight and look for reflections of light from water streams. You should also check for any mold growth during the more humid parts of the year. As you know, heat rises and it usually ends up sitting in your attic for a bit
Covering Shingles with more Shingles
You may hear that covering your old shingles with new ones can be a cost effective fix. While this isn’t wrong it’s basically a bandage on a bullet wound. To properly fix you home’s roof and ensure that it will last for years, you need to replace any bad shingles. Getting your roof properly fixed by a professional is the best way to ensure that you won’t be dealing with an even bigger problem down the road.
If you are looking to have a good roof repair, have it restored or inspected you can trust the team at California Roofing Pros. When you want a licensed and bonded outfit that has four decades of experience, we are the ones to call. We are also available in the case of emergencies so you needn’t worry if its the middle of the night or early hours of the morning! It’s recommended that you have a roof inspection once every 3-5 years so schedule yours today! You can reach us by calling (323) 870-9149 or leaving a message on our contact page. If you are interested in what things may cost please ask us about our free estimate services. You roof and roof upkeep shouldn’t be a hassle or a mystery, let us take the reigns.