The roof is a part of your home that you will likely rarely interact with, but it will have a large impact on your quality of life as well as the overall condition of the rest of your home's interior. For a homeowner, there are several steps that can help them to maximize the performance and lifespan of their home's roof.
Utilize A Radiant Barrier To Improve The Roof's Energy Efficiency
The roof can be one of the portions of your home that will be the most likely to experience major efficiency problems due to heat transfer occurring. The surface of the roof can become extremely hot or cold, and this can lead to heat transfer to the home's interior occurring. To combat this problem, it is possible to equip the roof with a radiant heat barrier. One of these barriers will be able to substantially reduce the ability of heat transfer to occur. Ideally, these radiant barriers should be installed so that they fully cover the interior of the attic or roof. Otherwise, any gaps around the edges of the barrier can be areas where heat transfer can occur.
Avoid Attempting To Patch Shingle Damage On Your Own
Shingle damage is one of the most common issues that your roof could experience. In some cases, it may appear that one or more shingles have been removed from the roof. In these situations, it may be tempting to assume that it will be fairly easy to simply replace these shingles on your own. It can be difficult to make sure that the new shingles are properly installed, and if gaps are left in the replacement shingles, it could lead to substantial moisture damage occurring. In addition to these issues, it can be difficult for a homeowner to effectively assess the surrounding shingles for signs of damage, and this could lead to them failing to replace all of the shingles that are damaged and need to be replaced.
Have The Roof Thoroughly Cleaned Every Couple Of Years
Cleaning the roof can be an important preventative measure that can remove moss and algae that forms. In these situations, a person may not appreciate the need to have the roof cleaned at regular intervals. This can lead to a much higher risk of rot, swelling, blistering and other damage. Unfortunately, cleaning your residential roof can be a somewhat risky chore due to the height and the tendency for these surfaces to become slippery during the cleaning.