To protect your home’s health and wellness you must protect your roof. However, sometimes as a homeowner you may do something inadvertently that can damage the roof. Therefore, it important to know things that can endanger the roof. Here is our list of five things that you should avoid doing to your roof.
Avoid using pressure washing to clean the roof
As a diligent homeowner, your focus should be on protecting the roof and increase its lifespan. Using abrasive cleaning techniques like pressure washing or using improper chemicals can do more harm than good. It often leads to the removal of mineral granules that protect the shingles sun, fire, and impact. Therefore, it is always recommended that for a thorough roof cleaning you should hire the services of professional roofers since they have all the right tools and equipment and are experienced in roof cleaning.
Never ignore debris in gutters and valleys
Twigs, leaves, seeds, branches, and other debris in the gutter can cause the water to dam up and eventually lead to leaks. Therefore, keeping your gutters clean is equally important for the health of your roof and home. Anything that allows water to sit anywhere on the roof needs immediate attention. However, you should hire roofers to climb up the roof for gutter cleaning. By climbing up the roof yourself you are not only putting your own safety at risk but you also risk the longevity of the shingles. Hiring a trained roofer will leave you with a clean roof that has been navigated safely.
Never pull or lift shingles
When homeowners feel that their roof is damaged they usually will go on the roof and start pulling or lifting the composite shingles to assess the situation. One should never do this as this can damage the shingles and break the seal that can cause leaks. Moreover, you run the risk of voiding any warranty that your roof may have. Pulling or lifting shingles may cause a heavy dent in your pockets. Always leave it to the professionals to check the composite shingles on your roof.
It is a very common practice among the homeowners to patch the leaks whenever they notice on their ceilings or attic to avoid any further damage. Always keep in mind that if there is a leak there is a high probability that other elements of your composite shingles are also compromised.
Never install things directly on your roof
Whether it is a solar panel, satellites, basketball goal, or Christmas lights, you should never attach things directly to your roof. The continuous beating from basketball can cause bolts breaking your roof’s seal and can cause leaks. Screws or nails used to attach Christmas lights or satellites can also cause leaks especially in places where there are extremely wet climates. Instead, you can use under eve brackets. Similarly, for solar panel installation, you can use hidden brackets to protect the integrity of the seal. However, it is recommended to consult professionals before installing solar panels.
These were the five things that you should avoid doing to your roof.
We understand that as a homeowner, you want what is best for your investment that includes your roof. However, unfortunately you may end up doing more harm than good. But if you keep these five things you should never do in your mind, your roof will be healthy.
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