What To Expect From Professional Roof Maintenance
Homeowners have a responsibility to stay aware of potential problems with their properties. Regularly inspecting your roof is one of the most important parts of your home. However, many home and business owners don't have the knowledge or equipment to maintain their roof adequately.
An expert roofing professional can identify existing problems in your roof, and then fix them before they worsen or cause further damage to the property. Roof maintenance should be part of your annual home maintenance schedule. If it's been a while, you should give us a call to schedule your appointment.
Steps in a Roofing Maintenance Routine
Preventing problems before they become bigger will help you save on roof repair costs in the long run. The following is an overview of what happens during a typical roof maintenance visit.
Mold growth can cause damage to your roof by creating cracks and holes that allow water to enter the building. This can lead to further problems such as leaking ceilings and rotting woodwork. It can also cause health problems for anyone who lives there. The best way to ensure that the mold removal is done correctly is to hire a professional who has experience with this type of work.
It's important to keep your gutters clear of debris so that water doesn't pool inside them and cause damage. This can be done with a regular gutter cleaning service to prevent leaves from clogging up your gutters in the first place and stop water damage.
Gutter cleaning should be done twice a year to remove debris, leaves, and other items that may have been collected in them. If you have an older gutter system, it may be time to replace them with new ones made from steel or aluminum.
Wind and rain can blow debris onto your roof, and if you don't have a roofing professional remove it, it can become a bigger problem. They will clean the surface, ensuring that dirt and debris won't get into your attic or home. The cleaning process includes sweeping off any loose debris and water and making sure that moss doesn't grow in between shingles.
When you call a roofing professional, they can inspect the interior of your home. This is where most damage occurs because the moisture from leaks and condensation can seep into insulation, causing it to clump and rot underlying wood framing.
They can also check for ventilation issues that could lead to mold growth inside your home and other problems that may arise from poor ventilation such as ice dams in cold weather climates. Water stains, clumping attic insulation, and weakened wood are all signs of moisture damage that must be repaired or, in some circumstances, replaced.
Your roofing service technician checks the condition of the attic insulation and air sealing throughout the house. At this stage, no action will be taken since the exterior of the roof still needs to be inspected.
Inspecting the outside of your roof is also important to check for signs of damage. This entails inspecting and documenting damages like missing shingles, broken flashing, and cracked caulk. A thorough inspection will also include an assessment of each layer of shingles on your roof as well as inspecting the underlayment, flashing, and insulation located between each layer of shingles. Your technician will also inspect the chimneys, skylights, and plumbing stacks for loose or damaged flashing.
Once the condition of your roof has been thoroughly inspected, your roofing contractor will go over the results with you and discuss the next measures to be done, including when the next roof maintenance should be planned. If the roof requires repairs, you will be provided a written estimate of the expenses. Some minor repairs may be able to be completed that day, with your approval.
If shingles are missing or damaged beyond repair, they need to be replaced with new ones. Otherwise, you risk water damage that could lead to mold growth inside your home or even structural damage to the walls or ceiling from water seepage.
Roof flashing installation
Roof flashing is installed in areas where two pieces of material come together, such as around doors and windows or over chimneys and vents. It helps prevent water damage by collecting moisture that builds up between these areas and directing it away from the structure of your home.
Get Regular Roof Maintenance and Inspections
Roof maintenance is necessary for any building to protect it from future damage and deterioration. There are so many factors to consider, and the smallest problem can turn into a large, dangerous problem if left unchecked. In many cases, the signs of damage or wear and tear are not obvious from the ground and the only way to discover these issues early is to have a professional roofer examine your roof. We offer roofing maintenance and repair services. If you haven't had your roof inspected this year, we suggest giving us a call at 217-586-9016 to schedule your maintenance appointment.