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Roofing 101: Understanding Your Roof

Apr 14th, 2020 // Roof Installation, Roof Repair

Understanding anything is the first and most important step in taking care of it, so to properly care for our roof we have to break it down!

Anatomy

You’ll notice that a roof is much more than just shingles-it’s a complete system of integrated components and layers all working together to protect the home! From the foundation of your roof, known as a deck, all the way to the gutter fixtures and downspouts, each part of your roof is essential and depends on the other parts to function properly! It’s no surprise this complicated system requires expert care and upkeep year-round to protect your home and your family.

Upkeep

Inspections – Sticking to a strict inspection schedule truly does help you achieve a longer life for your roof. A biannual inspection is recommended as the seasons change, as winter weather (such as ice) tends to damage your roof while the fall leaves can leave gutters full and unable to properly carry water away from your home, putting your foundation at risk.

Ask a professional – it never hurts to ask and ensure that your home is safe and comforting for your loved ones is always an overarching priority. If you do not have the time to conduct a thorough maintenance yourself or you’re still unsure of what to look for or are concerned that you might have missed some key points, call a roofing professional for insight and guidance. Many local roofing contractors offer a free estimate and can likely come to your home on the same day.

Signs of Damage

Shingles   Your shingles are one of the critical elements of your rooftop! Designed primarily to keep your roof dry and weatherproof, shingles are made from a variety of products and styles, ranging from wood to asphalt shingles. They may not seem like a huge issue at first glance, but missing or deteriorated shingles can make your home susceptible to more damage and wear and tear. Missing shingles leave your other shingles at risk of falling apart and exposing the inner layers of your rooftop to weather and other problematic sources. Ensure that your shingles are still intact to prevent these issues. Also be on alert for buckling, curling, and broken shingles.

Gutters – Clean out your gutters and ensure that they are firmly attached to your property. Look for sources of leakage like cracks, holes, and lack of adhesive strength. If your gutters are rusting, you may want to consider switching them out for the newly upgraded aluminum or vinyl gutters that are rust-proof and have a much longer lifespan. Look for clogging in your downspout, a clogged downspout can lead to saggy or weakened gutters.

Leakage – Leaks are some of the most pesky roof-related problems you can have! Mainly because the first step of fixing a leak requires you to trace it to its point of origin, which involves climbing into the attic. The spot where water is dripping is not exactly the spot where the leak started, and it also means that you may have to go up on your roof to seek out the source. Look for dark stains on and around your walls and ceilings, rotting framework, molding, and buckling shingles. All signs that there’s a lack of ventilation and extreme moisture in your roofing. Damages should be addressed at the first sign of a leak, as water damage can rack up a high repair bill and isn’t always covered by home insurance.

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