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Leaky Roofs and Creaky Sounds - What To Do When Your Roof Starts Falling Apart

Sep 27th 2015 at 6:33 AM

Many homeowners believe their roof is indestructible. Okay, that's a bit of an understatement, but not entirely. While most homeowners understand the importance in properly maintaining their roof, what they know doesn't always line up with what they do. But that's okay, because if you're one of those homeowners, today you'll learn everything you need to know about why it's important to maintain your roof properly, and what to do in the case that your roof begins to show signs of deterioration.

Why Roof Maintenance Is Important

So, you don't need some roofing expert to tell you that your roof is an essential part of your home's structure. But I just did. What that means for the average homeowner is, you shouldn't neglect it as if it doesn't need to be tended to, but instead, will just maintain itself. Sure, you may not need to put in as much time cleaning and maintaining your roof as you would cleaning and maintaining the interior of your home, but, nonetheless, quarterly or bi-quarterly checkups can ensure your roof is always structurally sound, and that, in the case that you there are any issues with your roof, that those issues can be addressed quickly and efficiently.

How You Can Maintain Your Roof

Roof maintenance should really be done by a professional. But, there are some things you can do as a homeowner to ensure your roof is in good shape at any given time. In addition to quarterly and/or bi-quarterly checkups, you can repair your roof yourself in some cases if you have the right tools. Now, it is true that most homeowners may not have the proper tools, so, before you dive in to said work yourself, make sure you have all the proper tools. If not, no worries: You can simply call a professional, or decide to invest in said tools yourself if it's something you'd like to do down the line as well. Caulking, shingle-replacement and other minor roof repair tasks can be done by the handy homeowner, but, if you're unsure how to perform a certain task, it's always safest to call a professional.

What To Do If Your Roof Shows Signs of Deterioration

This falls in line with the above comments that some tasks can be completed by the handiest of homeowners. However, most issues with your roof will be something more than just what can be seen on the surface. For instance, a leak in your roof may not be a simple patch-work type of job. It could be structural, or something the average homeowner may not be able to analyze by simply looking at it. So, in many cases, if you see signs of deterioration, always consult with a professional before taking on the job yourself.

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