Your roof is a vital component of your home and its overall infrastructure so it’s important to treat it as such. With temperamental Indiana weather constantly unleashing the elements onto your home, it’s important to know how to take care of your home! Follow these simple tips and always contact a roofing professional if you have questions about your roof.
DIY/ Improper Installation
It can be tempting to take matters into your own hands when it comes to home improvement, especially with some successful projects under your belt. Unfortunately, insufficient installation and securing of valley flashing is a common roofing mistake that can cost you big in the long run, so it’s important to get it right. Roof valleys are the places on a roof that are most prone to leaks because they handle a large volume of runoff water. When installing metal flashing in a roof valley, not using enough sealant or securing materials can be enough to cause buckling and lead to water leaks. Shingles can slip down if they aren’t nailed correctly or if too few nails have been used. You should use at least four nails per shingle, and raise that minimum to six on roofs with steep grades. Also, nails shouldn’t be driven into (or above) the self-sealing strip.
Roof Cleaning and Upkeep
When cleaning the shingle roof, you should avoid using a high-pressure washer as it can damage the shingles. Consider using a mild or low-pressure washer to clean the dirt, dust, and debris from the roof. If you live in a cold climate, ice dams can form at the roofline and force water under the shingles if the roof isn’t insulated enough. Prevent this by having an underlayer installed to add a layer of protection against melting ice water, prolonging the life of your roof.
Selecting Material and Colors
Choosing materials that don’t match the slope of the roof also leaves the home susceptible to water penetration. For instance, a minimum slope of four units of rise per twelve units of run is recommended if you are installing asphalt, wood, or tile shingles and shakes. When buying shingles, you should pick a color based on the climate conditions. In warm areas, you should consider selecting light-colored shingles, if permitted by your HOA or local city codes. Light colors tend to absorb less heat than dark ones. The result is relatively less damage and it can extend your shingle roof lifespan. A well-selected color scheme that compliments the exterior of your home and the surrounding area will increase your home’s curb appeal, and value when it comes time to sell!
Don’t Skip Your Inspections
Inspect and repair seals, joints, and flashing. Seals, joints, and flashing are the most common places for leaks. Dried or loose sealant and punctures are signs of vulnerability. Don’t ignore them. Extending the life of your roof comes down to taking immediate action once you identify a problem. Keep an eye on your gutters, trees, snow, and debris and you’ll have prevented a slew of issues. You or a professional must inspect your roof at least annually (preferably twice, in both the fall and spring) to ensure that any damage unapparent from the ground or the untrained eye is tended to immediately. If you don’t feel qualified or safe performing a thorough inspection, give us a call!