05 May What Should Roof Maintenance Include?
Roof maintenance is important for more reasons than just keeping things clean. Regular maintenance will prolong the service life of your roofing system by preventing premature damage and excessive wear and tear.
It can increase the life of the roof by reducing the incidence of leaks and other types of roofing damage that increases costs. Roof maintenance can also help to prevent or decrease the cost of your insurance premiums by improving the service life of the roof.
Today we will discuss key items that should be included in roof maintenance.
(1) Checking For Damages Before Maintenance Starts
Usually a roof inspection is called for when it starts to affect the building’s interior’s state.
So, before going to the roof, the first thing that is generally done is inspect the inside of the building for indicators of water pollution such as mold, mildew, drips and cracks, water stains, and peeling paint.
Note that leakage may travel vertically through a building, making the source of damage difficult to locate directly above it.
Roof consultants would also inspect trusses and beams for signs of structural stress in your roof, such as cracking, rot, or corrosion in regions that experience high snow loads or on roofs that support heavy equipment.
(2) Remove Debris On Your Roof
Trim trees and shrubs, as well as any other debris that may build up on a roof, before and after the winter. It’s usually a good idea to clear the roof when it’s sunny with no rain in order to avoid slipping.
When you’re on the rooftop, roofers will inspect the roof for mud and debris. This can cause drains to clog and lead to corroded or decaying roofing surfaces. If a limb from a tree falls onto the membrane or component, it may cause damage.
(3) Shingles Repair
Inspectors will look for indications of water seeping into your house, such as stains on the attic or other inner roof. Then examine the rest of the moss and mold shingles for cracks, peeling, and curling, as well as worn places denoted by missing granules.
Roof shingles on the end of their life span may be peeled, curled, and raised in more than one area of the roof. If you don’t have any roofing repair experience and see this much deterioration, get a professional to determine if additional than do-it-yourself upkeep is required for the roof.
(4) Sealant Replacement
Caulking and sealants are fluids that are used on the joints of buildings to prevent water from seeping in. They also keep air from escaping a home, which increases energy efficiency. However, cracks can sometimes be seen in the caulk or sealant as a result of various factors, such as using the incorrect fluid or applying it incorrectly.
When this happens, the old material needs to be removed and new sealant needs to be applied.
Roofs Have a Limited Life
Roofs, like any other component of a house, have an expiration date. Take a look at the lifespan of the roof on your property and how long it’s been since it was put in or replaced. It’s also beneficial to know what type of material has been used on your rooftop. Different materials have varying shelf lives and responses to damage.
Asphalt roofs generally endure 20 to 30 years. Roofs installed over an existing old layer need to be replaced after 20 years in situations where they are covered by another type of roofing material instead of being entirely replaced.
If your roof is more than 10 or 20 years old, it’s probably time to consider investing in roof maintenance. It does not matter if your rooftop appears to be in great shape just by looking at it. There might be little indicators you’re missing that indicate potential damage. Having an expert examine the roof with you may help you discover these clues.