Roof maintenance is a boring, tedious job. Each year, you have to climb up to the roof and check it for potential leaks and other types of damage. It can be a hazardous job besides the fact it is physically hard. Nevertheless, it is something you have to do regularly to ensure the wellbeing of your family and the structural integrity of the house.
There is no need to call a roofing company or a professional roofer whenever you need to perform a small checkup; most of these things can be done by you. However, it is crucial that you do everything right. Small missteps can cause issues and lead to even bigger damage to certain areas of the roof.
With these tips, you will know precisely what to look for!
- Shingle damage
Most American homeowners encounter shingle damage after several years of roof’s existence. This is mostly due to the fact that asphalt is a popular material. Unfortunately, asphalt shingles are not that sturdy forcing you to make repairs constantly. Make sure to check for any signs of discoloration. It is also common for whole shingles to fly off the roof. No matter what, when making a repair, remove the whole are just to be on the safe side. Surrounding shingles are affected by the damage so unless you remove anything that is suspicious, it will come back to bite you.
- Issues with gutters
Besides shingles, gutters are among the most common causes for concern. They are made from simple, thin metal that is prone to damage. While this doesn’t pose any stress on the roof and home, it also means that material can easily be punctured by debris and other things. As a result, water will start flowing where it’s not supposed to go leading to increased humidity and damage to the side of the walls. Gutters have to be checked with a hose. If the water starts dripping down, it is a clear sign that a section should be replaced.
- Flashing is a concern
Flashing is very similar to gutters in terms of its functionality. Besides the fact it is made from thin metal, it is very troublesome due to its positioning. The metal has to be flexed in an awkward position causing it to be prone to damage. If there is any alteration to its position, the area around the chimney will get exposed and it might lead to leaks. Make sure to yank it to check for any issues. Flashing can easily go off, so make sure it’s in place. Also, like with gutters, there should be any holes in it. Otherwise, not only your chimney but the whole house can be endangered.
If you pay close attention to these 3 areas, you will be able to maintain your roof without too much hassle. It is imperative to be proactive; slow reaction to damage can increase it, lead to leaks and affect the health of your whole family.
About the writer: I’m Nikolay Stoyanov and I’m the content strategist of doitrightroofing.ca. Our mission is to put people first, to listen and genuinely understand what are their wants and needs. That’s why we offer affordable Vancouver roofing services which are built to last.