3 Ways To Accidentally Damage Your Roof

Posted on: 16 January 2015

Your roof most likely has a warranty on it that will last for decades but that doesn't mean you don't need to take steps to make sure it remains in good condition. In fact, if you're not careful, you could end up accidentally voiding your warranty and damaging your roof at the same time. Here are 3 ways that you could accidentally cause damage to your roof.

Using a Power/Pressure Washer

Your roof will need to be cleaned every once in a while in order to keep it in optimal condition. But did you know your roof warranty might have restrictions about what kind of washing equipment you can use? Using a pressure washer could actually end up damaging your tiling. When it's time to clean your roof, the best idea may be to hire a professional or will have the right kind of equipment needed to clean your roof safely and without causing damage.

Installing a TV Dish

You've probably seen a commercial or two for that national satellite TV service offering hundreds of great channels for you and your family to watch. While there's nothing wrong with taking them up on their offer, be careful when the installation kit arrives. Installing a foreign object on top of your roof with nails or other sharp objects could put a permanent hole in your roof. In fact, some roofing warranties have specific instructions on how such devices should be installed. Make sure you read your roofing warranty and consult with a professional (such as Drey Roofing) if needed prior to installing your new TV dish.

Forgetting About the Attic

Some homeowners may have no need to set foot in their attic if they have sufficient storage space elsewhere in the house. But it's still important to check on how things are going up there every once in a while. Proper attic ventilation and insulation is necessary to help keep your roof in good shape. Not only can neglecting your attic raise your energy costs, it can also cause your roof shingles to wear out quicker than they should due to the excess heat that is leaking out of the house.

Even if your roof comes with a solid warranty, it's important to be mindful of what is going on up there, especially when making adjustments. Don't use a power washer unless you are sure your roof (and its warranty) can handle it. Take special care when installing a TV dish or other foreign object so you don't accidentally put a hole in your roof. Keep an eye on your attic ventilation and insulation to extend your roof's life as much as possible. Contact a residential roofing expert for more information.

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