4 Reasons Why Taking A Walk On Your Roof Is A Good Idea

When you own a home, you are responsible for the upkeep and general maintenance. You no longer have an apartment maintenance department -- or a parent -- to keep an eye on everything and let you know when repairs need to be made. The responsibility lies directly on your shoulders. Taking a walk around on your roof every month or two, weather permitting, is a great way to keep tabs on it all. 

1. Squishiness: Your roof should feel nice and solid when you walk on it. A roof that feels soft, squishy, or even bouncy is one that is nearing the end of its useful life. Asphalt shingles are installed to protect the plywood sheathing that covers your roof from the elements, like rain, snow, and ice. Once that plywood gets wet, it begins to soften and rot, leading to the squishiness. Calling a roofing contractor (such as one from Angle Ridge Remodeling) to take a closer look is imperative. 

2. Low-Hanging Branches: Be proactive and trim any low-hanging branches when you are on the roof. They can lead to pest infestation from both rodents and bugs, can rub on the shingles during strong winds, causing premature aging, and can damage your roof during a storm if they break off. Experts state that all branches should be at least 10 feet away from your roof for optimal health and safety. 

3. Gutters: Cleaning your gutters from the roof is a helpful if you have excessive debris. Gutters should be cleaned every spring and fall. If the previous homeowner -- or you -- has neglected this task, small trees, compacted leaves, and even dead rodents can fill your gutters, leading to inefficiency and possible ice dams in the winter. Furthermore, if you notice a gravel-like substance in your gutters, it is a sign that your shingles are wearing down. Each asphalt shingle is covered in a gravel coating to help protect your home when it is manufactured. Over time, the gravel wears off and water carries it into your gutters, leaving your roof vulnerable. 

4. Missing Shingles: As you walk on your roof, keep a watchful eye for any broken, loose, or missing shingles. Contrary to popular belief, shingles do not break and blow off during storms. Unless you have recently survived a hurricane, your roof's shingles are meant to stay put. When shingles are first installed they are pliable, but as they age, they become brittle. 

Schedule a walk on your roof several times a year. A few hours on a Saturday can help prevent further damage.