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The most important reason you want to maintain your roof by regularly rotating out old shingles-the average lifespan is about eight years-is to prevent rainwater and snow from getting into the house. Leaks wreak havoc on your interior ceilings as well as any insulation in your attack, but preventing leaks is not the only reason you want to maintain the roof. Water creates mold and mildew, all of which stain your ceilings and create an ugly brown spot which becomes an embarrassment as soon as it pops up. Some types of mold are also dangerous to the health of the home's occupants, so it's important that you make sure your shingles are up to date. Roofing services are available all over the place, however, who can give you a diagnosis on the condition of your shingles.
After the roof, your gutters are the next line of defense. By directing rainwater away from the house, they help to maintain the beautiful aesthetic of your home while also protecting your foundation and windows. This is why, alongside regular check-ups on your shingles, you also want to clean out your gutters at least twice a year in order to prevent a whole host of problems.
Siding and Landscaping. Having clogged up gutters not only damages them over time. It also makes them unable to perform their purpose. Without clean gutters, rainwater will not run down them and into the grass surrounding your home's structure. It will instead seep down the side. Waterfalls are not good for the siding and fascia of your home as it corrode them over time just like ocean water against boulders. This will eventually force you to replace it, which can be very costly. Rainwater can also flood your landscaping, drowning plants and decreasing the home's value.
Foundation. But the most disastrous consequence of not maintaining your gutters is the severe damage to your foundation. Homes that have a damaged foundation are practically unsellable due to the home not being structurally stable. Foundation damage can lead to all sorts of other problems such as cracks appearing in the walls, doors being unable to open, and windows breaking seemingly for no reason. What's worse, foundation damage often anywhere from five thousand to forty thousand dollars to repair.
Many roofing services also have gutter maintenance or replacement available, so if you do not have the time to take care of it yourself, contact one of them and help your home retain its star quality.
When it comes to maintaining a house against costly damage, roof and gutter maintenance is possibly the most important aspect. Though you may not think of it that often, the roof and gutters are designed to take the greatest amount of punishment from the elements. When you have climate and temperature extremes like we do in Canada, keeping your roof strong and durable is doubly important as neglect can lead to all sorts of problems with the rest of your house which are guaranteed to negatively affect its value in addition to impacting your pocket book.