Keeping A Check On Your New Roof For Problems
After a lot of research and hard work finally, a new and improved roof is installed to your abode by Max roofing. After weeks of search on www.homedit.com/ for style ideas and inspiration, the final vision was picked to create a dream roof. Now what? Is that the end of responsibility? Do we just sit back, relax and bask in the glow of compliments from others? The answer is a vocal no. Now that the new roof has been installed with a lot of monetary and physical investment, it is your duty to take care of it and maintain it as much as possible. Here are some ways to keep a check on your roof.
Summer is the best time to check your roof. No leaves are falling at this time, no rain to inundate gutters and no snow on the roof. The first thing to keep an eye on is the entire structure of the frame. Check if the roof is sagging at any particular point. If an uneven area catches your glance, it means the roof shingles or plywood have a big problem. Such incidences can occur after a huge rain or windstorm. Sometimes a simple inspection can also reveal the more underlying problem. For example, a simple replacement of few shingles can reveal that the inner layer of the roof is rotted at places. The best possible solution at this point is to call a professional roofer and get the roof repaired.
Gutters play a crucial role. A leaky gutter or one that is clogged with leaves and debris can cause major problems. They can not only lead to a flooded basement but also rotting roofs. If gutters have a piled up collection of leaves water can reverse flow and reach the roof instead of draining downwards. This can cause moisture seeping into roof shingles and plywood. To solve the problem look for any leaks and clean the gutters regularly.
Another check at this point that you should make is to see if the gutters are tight enough. Only properly fastened gutters will not cause overflow or fall off due to imbalanced weight distribution.
Checking the roof itself for debris piles is important. When a roof is not peaked or has valleys leaves, and small branches can easily gather at points. With rain or snow, these piles collect moisture and become danger points. They not only add unneeded weight to the roof they act as fertile grounds for moss and algae growth. Looking for breaks in the metal flashing is also important. One of the most usual reasons for leaks from roofs is holes or breaks in the metal covering skylights, chimneys, vents or other pipes. So after a particularly strong storm check if the flashing is still holding or not. While you are at it, check the shingles for any missing parts or pieces or even cracks. Repair them immediately to save cost in the long run.
Be it a new roof or an old one, regularly maintaining is a very cost effective method. By letting the roof go to disarray, one can end up with a long extended bill of repairs that can be overly costly.