A well-maintained roof should last for 20, 30 years or more. But if you want to see that kind of longevity out of your roof, you'll need to take proper care of it with regular maintenance check ups. In addition to walking the roof and looking for shingles that are in disrepair, you'll also want to keep an eye on some other key areas on and around your roof. Here are 3 potential trouble spots to keep in mind.
Keep the Gutters Clean
Your gutters and downspouts should be cleaned every fall and then again at the end of every winter. Make sure there are no gaps or breaks that could cause water to fall down below onto the house's foundation. Any built up leaves or other debris could also cause the water to not drain properly. If water pools inside the gutters, you could end up with a major problem when winter arrives and freezes the water.
Check the Flashing
Normally when you are walking a roof and looking for signs of trouble, you'll spend most of your time looking at the shingles. While there's nothing wrong with this, you'll want to also pay special attention to the flashing. The flashing is what covers various holes in your roof that might be there because of a vent, an exhaust pipe or the chimney. You'll also want to look closely at the area around any objects that you have installed on the roof over the years, like a satellite dish. Make sure the seal on the flashing is strong and that nothing is punctured.
Take a Look at Your Attic
Sometimes it can be difficult to pinpoint a leak from on top of the roof. You might have better luck finding a potential trouble spot by looking at your attic instead. Look for streaking or stains or any areas of the attic that have grown soft. Wood that has gone soft or rotten could also be a sign that you have an animal or insect infestation in your roof. If you find any such spots, contact a professional immediately.
Regular roof inspection is key to ensuring that your roof stays in good shape for years and even decades to come. For best results, hire a professional to inspect your roof for you annually. Don't forget to check other potential trouble areas like the gutters and your attic. If you notice any problems, contact a roof repair specialist, like Affordable Roof Care, in your area for assistance.Share
13 June 2016
When I married my husband 10 years ago, I agreed to move into the ranch home he already owned. Initially, we planned to live in this house for five years and then after a few years of marriage we wanted to buy our dream home. After our wedding, many things in our lives changed. We both got different jobs. And we decided to transform the house my husband owned when we married into our forever home. To accomplish this task, we have begun a major renovation project. The first job on our list was a new roof. On this blog, I hope you will discover the best types of roofs to install on a brick home.