When it comes to residential roof repair, the name of the game is preventative maintenance. We’ve said it here before, but a small investment of either your time or money today can save you big tomorrow on roofing bills . Here are five residential roof repair and maintenance tips to put you on the right track.
Tip #1 Remove Roof Debris
Especially after big wind storms, you may find that branches and other debris have made their way onto your roof. It’s a good idea to get up there and clear the junk off at least once a year. The big upside with this one is that you’re also pretty dang likely to find a frisbee or baseball up there and become your kid’s hero for tossing it back down.
Tip #2 Seal Exposed Nailheads
Using a high-grade sealant is a great way to ensure that all the rogue nailheads on your roof won’t cause an injury. Notice how easily the sealant gun in the video clip below seals up the nailheads on a metal roof.
Also, why is this video clip oddly soothing?
Tip #3 Check Drainage
After major storms, it’s a good idea to make sure you don’t have water pooling up anywhere. A good roofing system should help eliminate excess rainwater, snow, or melting hail, but unless you’ve had a professional install and guarantee the roof, nothing is 100% a sure thing.
A good roof maintenance plan should include taking care of any water drainage issues before they cause a leak. There’s nothing less enjoyable than getting all cozy in bed after a long day only to feel a drip hit your forehead.
Tip #4 Clear those Gutters Annually
Some DIY folks enjoy handling simple gutter maintenance themselves, which is great. But truth be told, it can be a bit of a pain. Depending on your house, your expertise, and your level of comfort, it can also be a little dangerous. So if you want to put that ladder away for good, the next tip on our list may be your go-to solution.
Tip #5 Residential Roof Maintenance Plan
One of the best ways to save time and money on tools and hefty residential roof repair bills is to invest in a monthly roof maintenance plan.
What All is Included?
Of course, this will depend on where you live and the roofing company you choose. For reference, our program here in Ohio and Michigan includes the following. It should be a decent gauge for what services you can generally expect.
- Gutter Cleaning
- Skylight Cleaning
- Debris Removal
- High-Grade Sealant Nailhead Check
- Annual Roof Inspection
- Attic Analysis
- Priority Scheduling (we’ll be there within 24 hours no matter what)
- 10% off all repairs
- Dramatically slashed $19.95 service fee on repair visits
- All residential roof repairs are lifetime guaranteed for active Club Members
While our commercial memberships are also priced to help businesses save over time, our residential Overhead Care Club package is much more affordable still for an individual or family at just $14.95/month. That’s less than the cost of an HBO membership, guys.
All the services above and each of the residential roof repair and maintenance tips listed in this article are included in our membership price. With any luck, you’ll find a comparable deal with other reputable roofing companies you look into.
So whether you’re a DIY warrior or you’re just excited to offload any work that includes the mention of a ladder, we salute you for taking the time to learn more about roof maintenance! Because everybody deserves the safety of a strong roof to keep them covered and safe.
Residential Roof Repair Questions?
We have answers! First, though the winter is far off (or so I always tell myself), be sure to check out our winter roof maintenance tips if you’re the DIY type who likes to get up on the roof, clear out the gutters, and knock down giant icicles.