Guide To Preventing Damage To Your Roof

You need to be prepared in the event your roof system is damaged by strong winds or other bad weather. A sufficient plan needs to be in place including who you will call for repairs. The roof should also be inspected at least semi-annually as well as have a periodical moisture survey. If you don't perform inspections and do regular maintenance, you could cut the roof's life in half.

Necessary Inspections

If you receive wind damage, a commercial/residential roofer might not be readily available unless you have a company in place. It is important to have regular inspections on the roof, so a small problem doesn't end up leaving your business or home in jeopardy. During those inspections, you should also have the experts check the attic rafters for any signs of a leaking roof.

Remove Possible Hazards

You need to keep the area uncluttered, meaning if you have any air conditioning equipment, satellite, or yard decorations, they must be anchored so they cannot move because of high winds. Keep the lot area clear of any limbs that might hang over or close to the building or home. If the roof is weak in any area, you need to have it repaired before any disaster strikes.

Waterproofing

The roof needs to remain moisture-free, but do you know the warning signs? Here are a few of them:

  • Algae and Mold: You might notice you have brown/black streaks on the roof. This is the breeding ground for trouble.
  • Shingles are Buckling or Curling: The felt might be buckling, but it could be caused by underlying issues. It could also be signs of moisture damage.
  • Flashing is Damaged: You might notice the flashing (a protective covering for angles and joints on the roof) around the chimney is cracked or otherwise damaged.
  • Shingles are Missing: The shingles might not have been properly adhered to the building. These need to be repaired because they can lead to further water/wind damage.
  • Inside Stains on the Ceiling: You have problems when you see water stains where the chimney/vents are located. If the damage is severe, it could be elsewhere.

Ice Dams

If you live in an area where the weather is cold, you might have ice dams when the water backs up on the roof. You might need to add more insulation to the attic because when the heat escapes to the roof, it can melt the ice or snow, creating a dam. This dam can escape to the inside of the home during the melting process. It can also cause roof damage.

These are a few of the measures you need to perform before you are faced with damages to the roof. Moisture problems and high winds can result in damages to the roof and shingles as well as the underlying boards/structure to your home or business. For more information, contact a local roofing contractor.


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