Your roof plays a crucial role in protecting your home. This means that any problem with the roof doesn’t just affect you, but everyone else who lives in your home, as well. Therefore, it’s important to understand how the roof repair process affects your children so that you can help protect them from harm.
Leaks Can Harm Your Children
If you have a leaky roof, it can do more than cause water damage to the materials in your home. If certain surfaces stay damp for too long, the wet conditions will enable mildew to grow. Since children’s respiratory systems are often more sensitive than those in adults, it could put your children at risk for respiratory irritation if your roof is chronically leaky. Therefore, if you notice a leaky roof, it’s important to have it inspected and repaired as soon as possible.
Safety During Repairs
Depending on the scope of the necessary roof repair, it may be necessary to replace a large portion of your shingles during the process. If this occurs, it’s important to instruct your children on how to stay safe while they’re outside. Make sure they don’t walk near your house while shingles are being removed and have them wear shoes at all times until all of the roofing nails can be picked-up.
Be Mindful of Timing
To avoid working during the hottest part of the day, most roofing repairs begin at an early hour. Therefore, it’s a good idea to explain to your children what will be happening the night before the repairs begin so that they aren’t frightened when they hear people banging on the roof. If your children tend to be late risers, you may want to put them to bed early so that they can get a full night’s sleep before the noise begins.
Kids Can Notice Changes
Since their worlds are vastly more simple than yours, children are often quite adept at noticing changes to things they see every day. When it comes to roof repair, this means that your child may spot a problem with your roof before you do. Children tend to notice small details even if they don’t quite know what they mean. Therefore, if your child asks you to look at your roof because of something funny they see, don’t dismiss their unusual interest as mere fantasy.
Taking Care of Your Kids
As with so much else that you do, taking care of your roof is an important part of taking care of your kids. By showing your home the attention it deserves, you ensure that it will remain the strong and reliable palace that your kids deserve. These kinds of actions to help protect your children make you a hero, whether you feel like one or not.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She lives and works out of her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves the outdoors and spends most of her time hiking, biking, and gardening. For more information, contact Brooke via Facebook at facebook.com/brooke.chaplan or Twitter @BrookeChaplan