Most homeowners do not readily take notice of parts of their houses that are out of sight or not frequently accessed such as the roof. This is especially so in houses with sloping roofs and so forth where there is even less reason to visit or sit on the roof. Having regular roof inspections either by hiring a trained eye or conducting them yourself is extremely vital to prevent costly repairs or replacements in the long run.
In the hustle and bustle of modern life having a set schedule can help. Schedule your roof inspections every 3 to 6 months or at the very least once a year. Having your roof inspected regularly can help ascertain age, any weak points or weaknesses in the structure, and the overall condition of roofing shingles. Remember ‘a stitch in time saves nine!’
An expert assessment can highlight a lot more weaknesses than a layman’s inspection. Invest in hiring a good local roofer or contractor to thoroughly check your roof from time to time. Firstly a good roofer will assess the surface and look for damaged, cracked, or missing roofing shingles. The quality and functioning of the drainage system, the accumulation of organic matter, and any wiring going through the roof will also be included in the surface assessment.
A professional can write off on a document stating damage to help you get insurance payments if you have insured your property. Not to mention any homeowner would feel better about a professional climbing on top of the roof and maintaining their balance instead of attempting to do so oneself.
Ventilation and how well it works on your roof is of the utmost importance or there can be mold growth in your attic which can potentially spread to other rooms in the house. Mold or water damage can also create an environment that breeds allergies and breathing problems and can make the home air quality quite toxic.
Depending on the climate of the area in which you live, storms can wreak havoc on the roof. They can cause roofing shingles to get uprooted, cracked, or damaged, particularly if they are wood, ceramic, or even shale instead of metal sheets. Strong gusts of wind can blow off even metal sheets and cause gaps and cracks to appear that should be spotted in time before they can lead to moisture and dirt accumulation. Always schedule a roof inspection after a major storm or the monsoon months.
Most homeowners underestimate the amount of cleaning the roof requires in order to age well and keep functioning properly, particularly in terms of mold growth and effective drainage. Keep a roof cleaner on speed dial so that you can get your roof cleaned at least once a month. Roof cleaners will also point out drainage issues or any damage they can see and that can be a good way to keep track of your roof health.
Most types of roofs are only designed to last a maximum of maybe 20 years in optimum conditions but most places do get their fair share of rain and storms as well as strong winds so unchecked roofing shingle damage can result in a much shorter life. Single-ply roofs may only last upwards of a single decade therefore regular cleaning and greater care are needed.
Weathering of the roof is natural and unavoidable but regular inspections, cleaning, and timely repairs can make your roof last a long time regardless of the roofing material you have used. If you are in the process of building your house, always consult an experienced contractor or a Homestead FL commercial roofer about the type of roofing material that would be ideal for your location and style of construction.
While a leak may seem like an awful nuisance it is also a much needed reminder of the exact location where your roofing material is damaged. When repaired in time, it can prevent serious problems from occurring such as water damage or mold. If leaks go unnoticed they can destroy the roof and its structural integrity especially if it is made from materials like wood. A point to bear in mind is that roofs can leak at the site of their expansion joints, flashings, elevations, and the point where one part of the roof connects to another.
A common mistake made by homeowners is that they assume the leak is one point of origin. In many cases, the leak may not even be visible for a long time or the leak may be happening somewhere inside a broken insulation sheet with the water traveling a distance before a leak becomes evident. In cases like this, the whole roof may need to be uprooted and replaced.
Moisture is always a part of the way a roof ages. Rain, snow, and other natural occurrences can build up moisture on the roof which can then create a habitable environment for many types of plants and vines. This vegetation can start interrupting the system of drainage and the downspout may get clogged with vines, branches, leaves, and dirt.
Proper cleaning as mentioned above is very important for this reason but regular roof inspections can also help keep these unwanted growths in check. The membrane of the roofing sheet or material also ages and weakens over time. Roots of plants can deposit themselves in the cracks and start further damaging the shingles.
Roofing materials do need to be updated from time to time even without considerable damage having occurred. Many people consider photo voltaic panels for solar power, security systems on the roof, and even lightning prevention technology. Every homeowner should choose according to their lifestyle and requirements and make sure sturdy ladders with supports are installed for going back and forth from the roof to prevent any accidents from occurring.