Improving The Life Of Your Roof


More than most likely, the only time you'll ever be thinking about your roof is when it needs to be repaired or replaced. By this time, there could already be significant damage to the entire roofing area. To prevent this from happening in the future, it's important to be proactive now. Here are some ways that you can improve the overall life of your roof and prevent an overhead disaster from taking place.

Routine Roof Inspection

Getting up on top of your roof isn't something that every homeowner enjoys doing, especially if there's a steep pitch. Checking your roof both in the spring and in the fall can help detect if there are any conditions that need to be addressed. Some common things to look for include:

  • Any visible divots or dips
  • Missing or loose shingles
  • Gaps between the roof and chimney or exhaust pipes
  • Missing or crumbled caulking
  • Visible holes or tears in the roof
  • Loose soffit or fascia

If you notice anything that seems out of place or missing, it's time to call in a roofing professional for a thorough inspection.

Fix Minor Issues Immediately

If you've had a major rainstorm and you notice a leak in your hallway or other area of your home, you should address the roof leak right away. Fixing a small leak now can help prevent it from costing thousands of dollars worth of damage. A roof leak may be caused from a misplaced shingle or gap somewhere within your roof. You can temporarily fix a minor problem by patching it with a new shingle and replacing any damaged wood or drywall until the entire roof can be replaced.

Improve Water Flow Away

One major cause of many roof leaks and roof cave-ins is standing water. When the water pools on your roof and has nowhere to go, the pressure and build up adds significant weight to your roof. Eventually this leads to collapse. Make sure to create a space for excess runoff water to go. Make sure gutters are properly installed to allow the water to flow away from the house.

Replace With A More Durable Material

While many homeowners choose traditional asphalt shingles as an affordable and attractive roofing material, there are other more durable alternatives. Metal roofing is both water resistant and has an excellent insulating value. Metal roofing is long lasting and generally never has to be replaced—just maintained. SPF or spray polyurethane foam roofing is another option for a durable leak-resistant roof. It has one of the highest R-values of all roofing materials and creates an air-tight seal, keeping water and moisture out.

Taking care of roof issues now allows you to be proactive about homeowner maintenance. Whether you need a little bit of work completed or a whole new roofing system, paying attention to your roof helps keep your home in tip-top shape. Talk to experts like Russ Lundin Roofing for more information.


18 February 2015

A Study Of Wood Flooring Materials, Tools, and Techniques

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