Posted on: 13 August 2017
Home ownership is a full-time job. Most people just think that buying a house and keeping it clean and tidy is all you ever have to do. Unfortunately, they quickly discover that home ownership involves a lot of maintenance. From cleaning the gutters and keeping the roof free of ice dams to redirecting water away from the foundation, you are constantly doing something to maintain the safety, security, and structure of your home. If you need a break from taking care of your roof, here are some options that can help.
Hire a Roofing Contractor to Install Gutter Guards
One of least favorite chores of taking care of your roof is cleaning out the gutters in the fall. If the gutters are not clear, they get jammed up with leaves and debris. Then water, ice and snow clogs them up the rest of the way. Hire a roofing contractor to clean out your gutters this season. Then request that he or she also install gutter guards, coverings that sift the water out from the debris and send leaves over the edge.
Use Heating Coils to Prevent Ice Accumulation
You could use rock salt to keep ice off your roof, but that only works if the air temperature is above a certain degree. Instead, buy roof heating coils. These are constantly on, but they will not be hot enough to burn your roof. Instead they are consistently warm enough to prevent ice from accumulating. They melt snow and ice and do not allow new snow and ice from settling on the roof. If you are not sure what to buy or how to install them, ask your roofing contractor.
Power-Washing the Roof
Leaves and other algae accumulate on a roof because they get stuck in the shingles and can take root there. Rather than climb up and wander around pulling things down and scraping it off, you can power-wash the entire roof. You will still have to climb up to the roof, but at least you can remove most of what is up there. By power-washing the roof, you will not see most of this stuff collect and grow again for a while.
If you just really do not want to climb a ladder and take risks with a power washer in hand, a roofing contractor, such as from Drey Roofing, can do this for you. It is often a task that roofing contractors do for those that can no longer climb a ladder or risk a fall (e.g., the elderly or wheelchair bound). Ask your contractor if he or she provides this service.Share