The roof over your head is one of the most important components in your home. It keeps you dry and protects the wooden framework of the house. The roof is supported by trusses, joists and an array of parts that make up the whole. If it springs a leak it starts to undermine the entire structure, and that’s not the worst part. If water gets inside the house it starts attacking the insulation, the ceiling and even the walls if it gets that bad.
Something you want to set up as a home owner is a general maintenance schedule. There are a number of things in the home that need attention every few months, once a year or every two years. Here is a list of common house components to give you an idea what to add to your list.
- The roof and gutters
- Perimeter drainage, inside drains and possibly a sump pump
- All appliances including air conditioning, HVAC or fresh air heat exchanger
- The furnace, boiler, or electric base boards
As you can see there is a lot going on in the typical North American home. For instance the gutters should be flushed every six months, and while you are up on the ladder, look closely at the roof. If you see any shingles at an angle, flashing coming loose, or the granules in the shingles are shedding, then you will want to take a closer look. If you decide that any roof repair will be needed, you can click on the link to read some DIY roof repair tips from a company in Vancouver BC.
If you don’t like the idea of going up on a ladder yourself, then you should start looking for a local roofing outfit who you feel will do a good job at a fair price.
For appliances like the furnace or an HVAC unit, you should change the filters every four months and get someone in every year or so for maintenance. These types of appliances need to be tuned up regularly for best efficiency. For things like the stove or dishwasher it’s not so critical because you use them every day, so you will notice when something goes out of whack. Not like the roof or the gutters which no one looks at unless you take the time to look up.
The Worst Roof Job Ever!
This video is a good example of how half-assed work can be a complete waste of time and money. Don’t hire someone just because they low-balled the price.