A few basic tips for roofing maintenance are useful for every homeowner. Knowledge is power, even if you don’t intend to do any of the work yourself.
This article will discuss some things you should be aware of and how to make sure your roof provides top-notch protection for the long-term.
1. ROOF INSPECTIONS ARE REQUIRED TO CHECK FOR DAMAGE AND LEAKAGE
It is a good rule of thumb to check your health once per month. It is possible to do a self-check more often in calm months, but you might need to check more frequently during stormy months. It is important to keep an eye on your roof and check for leaks and damage every month. 6.2 Million homes suffered hail damage in 2020 alone, so that’s one threat your roof could face.
What are the most common signs of damage? How can you identify even the smallest leaks so that they don’t escalate into bigger problems later?
Signs of damage are:
-Shadows missing, cracked or damaged
-Gaps around chimneys and other openings in your roof
Leaks in your home
-Stains on walls or ceilings
-Pooling water on roof
Gutter systems that prevent rain from pooling on the roof are prone to sagging.
Check for damp patches, drips, and dark spots on walls and ceilings in your home.
Check under the eaves for moisture and puddles.
Pay particular attention to chimneys and skylights, which are prone to leaks.
It is important to immediately take action if you see any damage or leaks in your roof. We can help.
2. PREVENT BRANCHES DAMAGING SHINGLES BRANCHES BY REMOVING TREES FROM THE ROOF.
It is easy to become so focused on your roof that it becomes difficult to see the world around you. The trees around your home can have a huge impact on your roof.
Tree branches that hang above the roof could cause damage to the shingles if they fall during a storm. They can also rub against your roof and cause wear over time.
This can be prevented by trimming your trees properly. How can you trim trees correctly?
-Made sure you have the correct tools (e.g. ladders, chainsaws and distance poles), safety harnesses and protective gear.
If you are doing this yourself, take your time and do it slowly.
-Remove dead, diseased or damaged limbs
To allow sunlight and air to reach inner branches, thin out the canopy
-Remove any limbs which rub against one another or grow in a downward direction.
These guidelines will help you keep your trees looking great and safe for your roof.
3. REPAIRING DAMAGED SHINGLES AS SOON COMING OUT OF HEAVEN AS APPROPRIATE
Shingles can crack, fade, or even disappear over time. It is important to replace damaged shingles for both aesthetic and protection reasons.
If your roof is not fixed promptly, a small hole can quickly turn into a major problem. It is not easy to replace shingles by yourself. This involves removing the shingle and lifting the edges of surrounding shingles.
Once you are able to reach the nails that hold the shingle in position, use a nail picker or hammer for their removal. Remove the damaged shingle from the roof and dispose of it.
Line up the new shingle with the surrounding shingles, then nail it in place. Make sure you use enough nails to attach it securely. Failing to do this can result in the material underneath not receiving the protection it needs. Your roof is now at risk.
It is better to hire a professional. You can be sure of their work and have recourse against errors. Additionally, you can avoid putting yourself at risk by not going up on the roof.
4. Ensure that your roof ventilation is adequate to prevent heat buildup in the attic
Roof ventilation allows hot air to escape and prevents heat buildup. Your roof’s life expectancy will be extended by proper ventilation.
You should look for signs such as dampness under the roof, heat buildup during summer months, blistering of exterior paint or wallpaper beneath the attic, peeling paint in high humidity areas like bathrooms and kitchens, or increased humidity in your home. You should have your roof checked by a professional if you see any of these signs.
5. TRUST PROS FOR INSPECTIONS, REPAIRS, OR REPLACEMENTS
You can trust your judgment to a certain extent. Knowledge is power in the home. While you may not be able fix everything that goes wrong with your home, awareness can help you spot problems before they become serious. To make sure you don’t miss any roof-killing secrets, schedule a professional inspection every 3 to 5 years.
Hire a professional roofing contractor if you notice major repairs or replacements. A roofing contractor can help you even if you believe you are capable of doing the job.
Are you concerned about your roof? Maybe you’re ready to make changes to your roof, whether it be to replace, repair or improve it. KCG Roofing and Carpentry is the best choice. Florida is served by our expertise and craftsmanship that speaks for itself. For a free quote or questions, contact us today.
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