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Austin Roofing: Article About Understanding Roof Maintenance

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Having a better understanding of basic roof maintenance can potentially add up to substantial savings for homeowners. Routine maintenance can help homeowners identify problems sooner rather than later. For homeowners who haven't paid much attention to their roof, it's a good idea to schedule an initial inspection with an Austin roofing professional to make sure there are mo major issues that require immediate attention.

Homeowners moving into an older home face some unique maintenance issues. Since it's not always easy to determine how well a previous homeowner maintained a roof, it's a good idea to look for possible signs of poor installation or haphazard repairs like cupping, improper sealing around chimneys and vents or damaged gutter systems. A list of anything that seems odd about a roof can be presented to a roofing professional for further inspection.

If a roof is new, which generally means any roof that has been installed within the past five years, then maintenance responsibilities shouldn't be very demanding. Homeowners with older roofs, however, will have to be a little more diligent with roof maintenance, especially with roofs that have been repaired multiple times over the years. Heavy storms, for instance, often cause more severe damage to older roofs.

While comprehensive inspections should be left to experienced roofers to complete, homeowners can perform visual inspections periodically throughout the year.

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From the outside, homeowners can take a walk around the house and look for issues like discoloration, which can be caused by algae, or missing shingles. From the inside, homeowners can check around ceilings, outside walls and in the attic for signs of leaks. If it's possible to do so safely, a homeowner can also use a garden hose to clean light debris off his or her roof.

Regular roof maintenance also includes checking for insect damage. Such damage is often characterized by sawdust, insect feces or worn areas on the roof from common culprits like terminates. Squirrels, chipmunks and birds can also do some serious damage to a roof structure over time. While there's nothing that can be done to keep animals and birds off a roof, especially when a home is close to wooded areas, frequent inspections and regular maintenance can minimize damage.

The good news for homeowners is that roof inspections can easily fit into most budgets. Establishing a solid relationship with a trusted local roofer can give homeowners some peace of mind by knowing that professional assistance is easily accessible.

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