Most often roof damage is the result of severe weather, age, or other natural factors. But some of the repairs we've performed over the last 30 years could easily have been prevented.

Many avoidable mistakes can lead to a whole host of problems down the line for your roof and home as a whole. To ensure you don't fall into this costly trap, here are three activities to avoid with your roof — and what to do instead.

1. Walking or sitting on your roof

You should always think twice before climbing onto your roof, no matter whether you get there by ladder or window. Beyond the danger of falling, extra activity on an unprepared roof may cause damage to the roofing materials or structure. Walking on your asphalt shingles can strip them, dislodge them, or form gaps that can increase the potential for leaks. However, some homeowners may consider a structural redesign to make the roof suitable for sitting and even outdoor entertainment. If you think your roof might be suitable for outdoor activities, contact us today for an inspection.

2. DIY or patching major repairs

Because leaks only get worse over time, sometimes it can be tempting for homeowners to try to patch it themselves in an effort to expedite the process. But in addition to the physical danger of dealing with roof repairs without experience, a patch may not be getting to the real root of the problem and could make it worse.

While it's recommended that you stay off of your roof as much as possible, there may be unavoidable circumstances that make it difficult. If you are in such a situation, remember to wear shoes that provide traction and sweep off any leaves or debris as you walk to reveal any trapped moisture that may cause you to slip. If you'd like to check on your roof yourself, here are some tips to do so safely.

3. Letting debris and mildew build up

It's not just about what you do to or on your roof, but instead what you don't do. The rain, wind, and humidity that we see so often in Georgia can cause mold, mildew, and even black algae to grow along your roof. And besides being an eyesore, these stubborn growths can also weaken the integrity of your roof. To protect your shingles and help prevent future growth, you should hire a professional roofing contractor for a lasting solution. Plus, a pro roofer will be able to detect any other issues while they're on your roof.

Read more about the importance of regular inspections here, and don't hesitate to reach out to us at 770-450-8829 with any questions!