Home Improvement: Roof Repair and Maintenance Tips The easiest way to handle roof-related problems is to use the services of a professional roofing contracting company to perform an inspection of the roof at least one time every year. With the proper examination, the professional can inspect the roof covering (metal, tile, shingles, etc.) to make sure of its structural integrity.
Part of the inspection by the professional roofer will include evaluating the flashing to ensure it is working properly and preventing seepage of water into the roof. The overall roof is designed to maximize water drainage to ensure it carries it effectively away from the home. Inspection will also include looking in the attic to see if there are any noticeable signs of warped rafters, significant water damage, or any other indications of water problems.
Gutters & Downspouts
The easiest way to maintain the roof is to clean it two times every year. This means removing small branches, leaves, and any other debris out of the gutters and down spouts, along with the downspout extensions. This will ensure that the water can properly move away from the home. If there is any sign of a sagging gutter, or any component of the gutter system is clogged, it may need to be repaired or replaced to ensure it properly functions.
Missing Shingles and Tiles
If there are any noticeable signs of missing shingles and tiles, this may indicate that there is significant damage to the roof. Even one or two missing shingles can cause water to leak into the roof, then into the attic, and finally through the ceiling of the home. Any sign of missing shingles and tiles should make the homeowner call a professional to have it repaired as quickly as possible.
Repair or Replacement
Like every component in the home, the roof will have its own specified lifespan. As a roof ages, many of the components become worn out and ineffective, making the roof susceptible to leaking. A reputable roofing company can complete an inspection to determine if any of the damage or aging to the roof can be fixed with repair, or if a complete replacement of the roof system is required.
It is imperative to take the time and get at least two quotes from reputable companies to ensure a good price with quality products. Have each roofing estimator make a notation on the quote as to the materials that will be used along with its grading and rating. In addition, the quote should indicate the length and substance of the warranty on both the materials used, and the workmanship involved.
With proper ventilation and quality insulation in the attic system, the roof can last far longer than its design. However, improper ventilation can cause significant damage to the sheathing and rafters, making it highly susceptible to rot. Additionally, the shingles can buckle and eventually make the insulation much less effective.
These few essential tips can help maximize the longevity of the roofing system. It is one of the most important home improvement projects around the home.