The old saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” applies to roof maintenance. It can save homeowners a lot of money in repairs and extend the life of their roofs.
A regular inspection and preventative maintenance routine should be established with a roofing professional. This should include a biannual roof inspection, a routine cleaning and addressing any issues found.
Roof Maitenance Involves Inspecting the Flashing
The roof is one of the most important parts of a home or building. It protects the interior, keeps things warm or cool and helps keep out critters. That’s why it is essential to regularly inspect and repair any minor problems.
One of the most common issues with roofing is flashing. Flashing is strips of metal with an inverted “T” profile that are installed along valleys and where two sloping areas meet to reduce the chance of leaks. Chimneys, skylights and vents are all locations where flashing is installed.
Unfortunately, steep roof flashings are often not properly maintained or repaired, leading to leaks and structural damage. It’s difficult to check the flashing without a ladder, and some areas of the roof are dangerous for the inspector or occupant (fall hazard). This is where a professional contractor can help. A professional can identify the most common flashing defects and recommend the correct repair. During an inspection, a professional will also check that the caulking is still in good condition and that any pieces are securely attached.
Inspect the Caulk
Caulking is an important part of a building’s waterproofing system. It prevents water and pests from entering, keeps air from passing in and out of the house around doors, windows, sinks, and toilets, and can make energy bills much lower. Routine caulking inspections and repairs prevent problems like mildew, mold, and rotting wood.
The type of caulk used can have a big impact on how long it lasts. Silicone sealants are able to stand up better to temperature changes than latex caulks. However, they can still break down over time.
It is best to perform any caulking or painting during warm weather so that it has a chance to dry. Most caulks can be painted over in a few hours but for the best result, it should be given 24 hours to completely dry. This also gives the caulk a chance to fully fill the crack. In addition, it will be less likely to bleed on the paint.
Inspect the Gutters
Gutters are designed to safely redirect rainwater so that it doesn’t accumulate on the roof and lead to water damage. But, like any part of the house, gutters can develop issues that must be addressed.
A professional contractor can perform a thorough inspection of the gutters to ensure they are functioning properly. They can also clean them out, if needed, to prevent clogs.
The gutters should have a sufficient slope so that water will flow into the downspouts and away from the home’s foundation. Otherwise, water will saturate the soil around the house and wick through to the foundation.
If water pools in the gutters, it can cause wood rot and a host of other problems. A professional can reposition gutter hangers and spikes to improve the slope. They can also check that the gutters are attached to the fascia boards securely. In some cases, the fascia board may need to be replaced or painted.
Roof Maintenance Teams Will Inspect Overhanging Brances
Branches that hang over your roof can cause damage in storms or simply create shaded areas that encourage algae growth and moisture buildup. Regularly sweep, blow or wash debris off the roof to minimize problems. The soffit and fascia should be checked as well for signs of damage.
Keeping up with these tasks is an excellent way to avoid costly roof repairs down the road. By having a professional contractor perform a thorough inspection on a biannual basis, it is possible to catch and repair minor issues before they become serious problems.
Getting regular roofing services is an investment that pays for itself in a lower home energy bill and a longer roof lifespan. Contact a roofing company to schedule an inspection of your roof today! Ideally, roof inspections should occur once in the spring and once in the fall. It is also recommended to check your roof after extreme weather events.
Contact Us For Roof Maintenance
At Rhino Roofing, we understand that your roof is one of the most important investments you will make. That’s why we offer a comprehensive range of roof maintenance services to keep your roof in top condition.
Our team of experienced professionals can help you with everything from routine inspections and repairs to major roof replacements. We use only the highest quality materials and our work is backed by a satisfaction guarantee.
To schedule a roof maintenance appointment, please contact us or visit our website at www.rhinoroofingllcnv.com. We look forward to helping you protect your investment!