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10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Roof
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10 Things You Should Never Do to Your Roof

Keeping your roofing in pristine condition is a top priority for any homeowner. Are you doing everything right to protect it? Doing everything within your power to avoid contributing to potential roofing damage will help you save money and sanity in the long run.

Aside from enduring all the exterior challenges Mother Nature throws its way, such as extreme humidities and storm damage, sufficient roofing is what provides residents with a wide range of residential benefits, such as enhanced energy efficiency and increased home value.

When vital roof repair can no longer be ignored, service work can be a significant investment for homeowners, with the average U.S. roof repair costs estimated at around $920.

There are quite a variety of common practices, appliances, and installations we incorporate into our roofs that may seem like not a big deal, but in reality, they can cause more problems and damage to your roof.

To avoid experiencing any unforeseen complications, repairs, or possible roofing replacement, let’s take a look at 10 things you should never do to your roof.

1. Neglect Overhanging Tree Branches

Tree branches, limbs, or other unintended horticulture arrangements that are hanging over your roof are potential nuisances that shouldn’t be ignored. Lengthy branches can scrape and peel away at shingles and asphalt over time, especially if you live in an area that’s susceptible to strong winds and storms.

Plus, fallen leaves, shrubs, or other types of plant debris can clog up your gutters, increasing the probability of dealing with mold or leaking. Worst case scenario, large and overhanging tree branches could completely fall off during a particularly nasty storm, causing significant roofing damage that could warrant replacing your roof entirely.

Try to keep any tree branches within close proximity to your roof well-trimmed as much as possible.

2. Clean Aggressively

While every roof should be professionally cleaned at least once, if not twice, a year, applying more aggressive, DIY cleaning strategies to your roof can produce more problems than it will eliminate them.

Spraying your roof with a pressure hose nozzle to power wash your roof can loosen your shingles and severely damage its mineral granules that protect your roof against the sun and maintain its overall appearance.

Here’s a quick and simple way to wash off your roof without potentially damaging it, especially when dealing with asphalt shingles:

●        Fill up your garden hose with equal parts of water and chlorine bleach.

●        Gently spray down your roof with the water/solution mixture from top to bottom, allowing the water to trickle its way down the shingles.

●        Once the entire roof is soaked, let it sit for up to twenty minutes, then rinse off the roof using only water.

●        Let the roof dry off naturally, then check back in a week or two to see if any further, more thorough roof cleaning is necessary.    

3. Add Unnecessary Installations

It’s a common sight around the neighborhood to see various items, appliances, and attachments installed on neighbors’ rooftops. While applying any accessory to your roof may serve its own purpose, the fact is that directly installing, nailing, or attaching anything that isn’t essential to your roof can lead to several unintended roofing consequences.

Avoid these common roofing accessories:

●        Basketball Hoops

●        Satellite Dishes

●        Christmas Lights

●        Solar Panels

●        Potted Plants

Whenever any of these items are self-installed upon a roof, the probability of sealant disruption, holes, leakage, and shingles erosion drastically increases. It’s always a good idea to contact your roofing contractor before deciding to install anything on your roof on your own.

4. Allow Debris to Accumulate

One general rule of thumb to abide by is to ensure your roof never resembles a forest. This means keeping an eye out for leaves, branches, twigs, nests, or any other forms of natural decor accumulating on your roof.

Failure to take care of these forms of debris can result in anything from clogged gutters to mold progression to sitting water, which will all take a toll on your roof over time.

If any debris accumulating on your roof isn’t accessible by ladder to get rid of, then make sure to reach out to a professional roofing repair company to assist you in safely eradicating debris.  

5. Self-Remove Shingles

Whether your roof was a recent victim of storm damage or you suspect there’s a subtle water leak somewhere up there, it’s never a good idea to pull up or remove shingles by yourself. This is an easy way to complicate further any roofing issues you’re experiencing and possibly damage your seal, which can only lead to more prevalent leaking and potentially void your roofing warranty.

If you’re a professional roofing contractor, then by all means, pull away! Otherwise, be sure to leave altering your shingles to the experts.

6. Retreat to the Rooftop

It should go without saying, but you should do your best to remain under your roof, not above it. Whether you’re simply walking across your roof or you’re using it as a hangout spot with friends, your roof should only be accessed by an experienced and qualified professional.

Roofing contractors have one of the most dangerous jobs in all of construction, and injuries sustained from falling off a roof range from severe to fatal.

Always avoid walking on your roof whenever you can!

7. Not Prepare for Hurricanes, Cold, & Severe Weather

Neglect is another thing you should not do to your roof. This includes not being proactive when storms and cold weather are approaching.

For hurricanes, boarding up your windows and doors should be an obvious preventive measure against flying debris damage. However, tarping your roof is an easy post-storm damage cleanup task to do after a destructive storm to save your roof and your home’s interior from flood damage.

Doing so will give you ample time to keep the roof dry while you wait for damage repair. Check out our blog on how to tarp a roof during hurricane season for helpful tips.

For other storms or cold weather, it’s necessary to be proactive again and check your roof for potential vulnerabilities – contact a roof inspection for possible roof repairs before the freezing temperatures arrive.

After a serious storm, be sure to have your homeowner’s insurance policy and insurance company contact number readily available in the event you need to file a claim immediately. It would be helpful to re-familiarize yourself with your policy coverage every few years.

Do you know what’s covered in your policy and your deductibles? If you need assistance filing your insurance claim, we’ll gladly provide insurance assistance to streamline the process.

8. Ignore Poor Ventilation or Insulation

Don’t ignore your discomfort! If your home feels colder or warmer than other rooms, there could be an insulation problem.

Or are your utility bills higher than usual? Roof damage could also create dampness inside your attic space and walls, consequently creating unhealthy mold conditions – a common issue for South Carolina homeowners.

Another factor that could create mold is poor ventilation. Windows and venting skylights can improve circulation.

These are a few signs your home has poor ventilation:

●        Signs of rust stains on plumbing

●        Discoloration of the floor, wall tiles, and grout

●        Strong odors that don’t go away

●        Windows that appear frosted due to condensation

Does your damaged skylight need replacement? Try a Velux electric fresh air skylight to add or improve ventilation.

9. Overlook Gutter Issues

Gutters are an important part of your roof’s system. They collect rainwater during storms and direct it away from your home.

Leaky gutters will cause water to collect in places around your home that will potentially cause damage. Not to mention storms can easily tear off parts of your shingles, siding, and gutters.

Perhaps installing gutter guards will save you a ton of worry!

10. Put Roof Repair On the Back Burner

In a nutshell: Do not ignore roof repairs!

The age of the roof is vital when deciding whether you need just a repair or need a replacement. For example, a drooping or sagging roof is a telltale sign your roof needs replacing as soon as possible.

Any indication of mold or rot is another sign as it’s an indication of excessive moisture causing some leaking. 

The age of your roof is another factor in case you’re on the fence about when to replace the roof on your home. Contact our expert roofers for a roof inspection!

Let the Professionals Handle Your South Carolina Roofing Needs

Better safe than sorry is the most effective approach when dealing with any roofing-related inquiries. Whether you have any questions regarding general roofing maintenance or you’re in dire need of roofing repair work, Sea Island Residential offers experienced and professional customer service for a wide variety of roofing and home construction services.

Contact us today to learn more about how you can take advantage of our exterior resources, or give us a call at 843-593-3049 to have all your Charleston-area roofing questions answered.

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