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The Importance of Roof and Gutter Maintenance

From rain to wind to UV rays, a house’s exterior must withstand a lot to keep its inhabitants safe from the elements. If your home is aging or you’ve neglected regular upkeep outside, pay extra attention to your roof and gutters. A homeowner can easily tackle some maintenance, while other concerns are better left to roofing and home remodeling Baton Rouge services.

Roof Issues

Asphalt shingle rooftops have a life expectancy of 20 to 30 years. Even within that time frame, difficulties can arise, such as curling, missing or moss-covered shingles. A leaking or sagging roof can happen as well.

Some of these are cosmetic issues, and isolated patches of missing or cracked shingles can be replaced relatively easily. However, seemingly small things can also signal the need for an overhaul, and a leaking or sagging roof needs to be professionally examined and replaced.

Aside from the visual impact of an old rooftop, damaged places can let extra heat, cold, or precipitation into the building, leading to mold or an overtaxed HVAC system. When in doubt, call professional roofers. They can detect the magnitude of the problem and fix it, big or small.

Gutter Upkeep

Gutter cleaning is a mundane chore that is surprisingly important to protect your house from weather damage. Rainwater overflowing clogged gutters can harm your roof or seep into your foundation, allowing mildew to grow inside and out. Leaves and debris should be removed from gutters twice a year. You can do this by hand, using a power washer or your hose. However, hiring a professional to maintain them may be best. If your gutters are cracking or leaking, it is probably time to have them replaced.

Hiring experts to handle a rotted roof or replace gutters can save you time and money in the long run. Taking care of the outside of your home improves the aesthetic. More importantly, exterior home maintenance can make the house more energy-efficient and increase your comfort inside.