The importance of maintaining a sound roof

The roof is one of the most important parts of your home. It keeps out the wind, rain, sleet, snow, hail, and the sun. A properly maintained roof will last for many decades. But, as the Zapp Insurance Agency serving Ballston Spa, NY explains, an improperly maintained roof can lead to serious and expensive damage.

Roofs, just like anything else, suffer wear and tear over the years. Hail, especially, can wear breaches in the roof tiles. If you have a tree whose branches touch the roof, they too can wear on the roof. If a breach occurs in the roof, then your air conditioning and heating system must work harder to keep your home at a comfortable temperature. Rain can enter your attic, causing mold and other damage, potentially causing your ceiling to give way, creating untold damage to your home.

Periodically, either you or a professional should check the condition of your roof. Look for loose tiles and shingles or worn sealant. Clear the roof of debris such as leaves, branches, and other items. Check the attic for mold and mildew that would indicate that rain is seeping through. Check to see if vents, chimneys, and skylights are secure and have not developed leaks.

If you have bought the house, make sure you know how old the roof is. If it has been in place for 15 to 30 years, it might need replacing. In any case, as with anything else, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of very expensive repairs or replacement.

For any more questions about home maintenance and home insurance, feel free to contact the Zapp Insurance Agency serving Ballston Spa, NY.