Roof management is the key to getting the full value out of this major home investment. Detecting problems early will allow you to keep most elements at bay. In fact, many manufacturers require periodic inspections to keep a warranty valid. Here are five routines that will help your roof live a long life.
1. Shingle/Tile Replacement
While one broken shingle or tile may not seem like a big deal, these small problems loom large when sun and moisture penetrate the waterproof membrane protecting your home. Whether the problem stems from wind or poor installation, act quickly to replace damaged pieces and to prevent any further issues.
2. Debris Removal
Clayton County weather is enough to send debris onto your roof in any season. With leaves, branches and pine straw settling on your roof, this debris will hold water and lead to deterioration of roofing materials. Regular removal will help you avoid the worst of this damage.
3. Check Flashing
Flashing refers to the metal elements that seal a roof around chimneys and skylights. When damaged, flashing allows moisture and rot to enter the home. Sound roof management includes checking on the rubber or metal elements that join essential parts of the structure together. If roofers find rust or cracks, an inexpensive repair is usually all it takes.
4. Maintain Insulation and Ventilation
Attic insulation is the key to going green in most homes, and regular checks of this insulation will reveal warning signs like moisture and musty odors. Roofers can advise on the right mix of proper ventilation and insulation to ensure your roof does not face unnecessary wear from the intense heat and cold Atlanta has seen in recent years.
5. Clean Gutters
Gutters that have not been cleaned can impact your roof in a number of ways, and most have to do with moisture. Lingering water can damage roofing, attract vermin and allow mosquitoes to breed. Cleanings in the spring and fall should take care of the problem, but check on your roof after winter snowfalls or any other severe weather events.
Regular roof management will allow you to get the most out of new roofing materials. Contact Findlay Roofing to catch any small problems before they become big issues at home.
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