26 Jan How Care of A Roof System Can Save You Money
When owning a home, proper care and maintenance can seem like a big task. However, there are certain things homeowners can do to improve the way their home is cared for and save money while doing so.
Certainly, no one loves to have to do maintenance work around the home. However, proper maintenance and upkeep can save a homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs and replacements. This is true with most major components of a home including the roof.
Proper Roof Maintenance
While it may seem that a roof needs little care, proper care of a roof does take work and it can save homeowner big money in repairs if properly done. A good roof system saves money by protecting a home and its belongings from the elements.
Additionally, a good roof system can also help save on energy bills. A roof system with modern better insulated and energy efficient materials helps keep the energy in the home year-round. In the summer it can help to keep the home cooler, and in the winter, a good roof can help the home stay warmer. This is especially true with newer roofing materials.
Newer roof materials have a high solar reflectance ability. That means they protect against excessive heat build up in the home. Most newer roof systems provide for extra insulation to protect against energy loss.
In the summer, these newer roof materials can reduce the heat temperature on the roof by as much as 100 degrees. This is important because it helps keep the home naturally cooler which saves on air conditioning.
Roof Care Debris, Moss and Mold
In the Spring and fall, roofs can have a build up of debris on them. This should always be removed so that it doesn’t cause damage to the shingles. Additionally, moss and mold growth is a common concern for roof systems. Tree limbs can damage roof shingles and should be cut back if they can damage a roof.
This is especially problematic for homes that are situated in a shaded area. That is why proper maintenance and care for it should be a priority. If maintained properly, the roof shingles will protect against damage and loss in a home from water and mold penetration which can cost thousands to remedy. Mold growth on roof tiles can cause them to buckle allowing for the mold to invade the attic of the home.
The good news for people who are buying a new roof system, many of the tiles today have anti-mold treatments on them making them less prone to mold growth. For those who have an older roof system, it is advisable to continue to clear off any mold growth that appears. This should be checked annually, usually in late summer and cleaned where necessary.
It is also important to replace any damaged tiles on a roof system when they are found. While roof patching doesn’t happen often, it can be vital to do when a storm causes roof shingle damage or moss, mold or tree sap and other elements cause the shingles to be significantly compromised and unable to protect the home from the elements.