Roofs play a key role in protecting building occupants and interiors from outside weather conditions, primarily moisture. The roof, insulation, and ventilation must all work together to keep the building free of moisture. Roofs also protect from the sun. If designed correctly, roof overhangs can protect the building's exterior walls from moisture and sun. The concerns regarding moisture, standing water, durability, and appearance are different, reflected in the choices of roofing materials. Are your roof and you at risk?
Maintaining Your Roof
Homeowner maintenance includes cleaning the leaves and debris from the roof’s valleys and gutters. Debris in the valleys can cause water to wick under the shingles and cause damage to the interior of the roof. Clogged rain gutters can cause water to flow back under the shingles on the eaves and cause damage, regardless of the roofing material. including composition shingles, wood shakes, tile, or metal. The best way to preserve your roof is to stay off it. Also, seasonal changes in the weather are usually the most destructive forces.
Get An Annual Roof Inspection
A leaky roof can damage ceilings, walls, and furnishings. To protect buildings and their contents from water damage, roofers repair and install roofs made of tar or asphalt and gravel; rubber or thermoplastic; metal; or shingles made of asphalt, slate, fiberglass, wood, tile, or other material. Roofers also may waterproof foundation walls and floors.
Proactive roof maintenance is smart.
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Proactive maintenance means recurring visual checks, an annual inspection, and promptly fixing any LITTLE problems which you find during these activities before they become BIG problems.
Replacing Your Roof
The age of your roof is usually the major factor in determining when to replace it. Most roofs last many years if properly installed, and maintained, and often can be repaired rather than replaced. An isolated leak usually can be repaired. The average life expectancy of a typical residential roof is 15 to 20 years. Water damage to a home’s interior or overhangs is commonly caused by leaks from a single weathered portion of the roof, poorly installed flashing, or from around chimneys and skylights. These problems do not necessarily mean you need a new roof.
How do I find a reputable contractor?
One of the best ways to select a roofing contractor is to ask friends and relatives for recommendations. Alternatively, you could search for local providers near you. Make sure you check their credentials, you don't want to hire an illegal operator.
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