Preparation for the changing seasons involves a lot of work. In Spring, that means packing away the long johns, breaking out the gardening tools, putting in extra gym hours to prep for swim season, and tackling the infamous spring cleaning. When Fall rolls around, the long johns resurface, we surrender to that comforting layer of "holiday weight" (we are bulky sweaters for?), We quietly cry over the loss of long, sunny days, and we moodily begin winter-proofing our cars and homes to ward off the snow-filled months to follow.
When winter approaches, the condition of our roofs is pretty easy to overlook in the hullabaloo of new tires, snow mats, antifreeze rationing, and new wardrobes comprised solely of fleece. But investing in a good roof plays a large part in protecting everything underneath that roof which we hold dear: our children, family heirlooms, pet sea monkeys, vintage Beatles albums etc. Here are some things to keep in mind about roof maintenance, whether you're trying to protect grandma's quilts or your favorite Fab Four vinyl.
Most roofs under 5-years-old should be in pretty good shape, but these simple tasks can adequately maintain a healthy roof for approaching winter:
- keep the roof surface clear of debris
- clean out the gutters regularly
- check for leaks, rust and rot
- trim overhanging tree branches or shrubbery
- replace damaged shingles
While these preventative methods will ensure you the most mileage out of a good roof, if you're building a new home or in need of serious roof repair, a roofing contractor is often the best bet. A roof that's over 15-years-old and suffering from heavy leakage and other damage may require a brand new roof installation. While it can certainly save money to tackle the job yourself, a rookie mistake could subject you to further costs down the road, and then you could not afford those cool, new ear-warmers that everyone's rocking at work.
Some common roofing materials include:
- galvanized steel
Once you've picked out your material, measured the area, and gotten an honest roofing cost assessment from a reputable contractor, you should have a pretty good handle on how much you'll shell out to maintain your "home sweet home" until the day you and your pension can run away to Fiji … and banish unflattering, fleece vests for good.