6 Tips To Prevent A Roofing Disaster

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Roofing problems are among the worst kind of issues to have to deal with. Roof play a very important role in protecting the rest of the house from the elements. If the roof is compromised in any way, you could be looking a serious damage including:

  • Damage to items in the house

  • Damage to the walls

  • Cost of replacing roof plus damaged items    

  • Loss of structural integrity of the whole building etc.

There several things you should do to avoid such issues.

1. Regular Roof Inspections

You should carry out a roof inspection regularly. You can conduct a visual inspection from the ground twice over the year, and you can do something more thorough once every two or three years. You should be keeping an eye out for things such as:    

  • Missing shingles    

  • Missing or exposed fasteners    

  • Sagging gutters

2. Clean and Repair Your Gutters

Cleaning the gutters is sometimes seen as some common chore, but it's much more important than that. Blocked gutters will lead to water pooling on your roof, and this can seriously compromise the roof. Ensure your gutters are clean especially when a major storm is approaching. Use a gutter installation team to replace broken areas of your gutters; a dysfunctional gutter is of little use.

3. Trim Nearby Trees

Unlike leaves that may harmlessly fall on the roof, branches can crush through the roof or, at the very least do some serious damage to large sections of the roof. Even relatively small branches can easily trap leaves and other debris, leading to accumulation of water.

4. Watch out for Algae and Moss

Moss and algae like to grow in conditions that are moist and shaded. On your roof, they can trap water and slowly lower the integrity of the roof. You can avoid growth of these by keeping your attic ventilated, trimming branches hanging over the roof and removing debris from the roof.

5. Caulking

You might have to look for professional roofing services if the caulking of your roof wasn't of the best quality. When low-grade caulking is used, the seals between shingles or roof sections may not hold leading to leaks.

6. Ensure the Insulation is in Good Condition

Without good insulation in your attic, it's much easier for ice dams to form on your roof during winter. Ensure that both the insulation and ventilation in the attic is working as expected. This will help to prevent ice dams from falling and will also reduce moisture levels.

Just to be safe, you should leave the more complex or dangerous tasks to roofing professionals.

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