Having a roof is a good thing; it protects you and your family rain, wind, snow, etc. No one wants to live in a house without a shelter. I think that’s pretty clear. So, how does a homeowner go about taking care of their tent? Well, the first thing you have to do is examine it now and then. If you’re not quite sure what to look for, later pay someone a few dollars to show you.
Waiting around for shingles to start falling off and for leaks to begin occurring may not be such a good idea. However, that is precisely what most homeowners do. They call a roofer when there a hole. A better cheaper way would be to look the roof over, beforehand and tightly seal up sealants any weak spots.
When a leak takes place, the roofing company may charge you a little over $150 to fix it. What the roofing contractor will do is he/she will go about sealing up the leak with sealant. Next, the shingle that was removed to get to the weak area will need to be replaced. And then the shingle will need to be resealed. Could this have gone another way? Could this have turned out to be cheaper? Perhaps, prepping the roof with sealant and checking for weak spots is part of roof maintenance.
Proper Maintenance Can Reduce Roof Costs.
Proper Maintenance and being proactive saves you money. Acting when only when a problem presents itself does not. Not working even when there is a leak is even worse. The issue is not going to go away by itself.
If you’ve leaked for six months, and every time it rains, you get a pot and place it in that same spot; you’re losing money. The roof is getting worse and worse, and now the issue has probably evolved into a $2,000 problem. Making repairs to a shelter that involves the material that is lying underneath the outer layer can run over $3,000.
If roofers are called to look at your rooftop, be sure to have them to look at the areas surrounding the fixtures such as the chimneys, vents, windows, etc. Many leaks start around these areas. For example, skylights are known for collecting and holding water around the edges.
Held water can cause damage to the material that supposed to be protecting this area. This can cause your flashing to become corroded. All of this can become costly, reasonably quickly.
Chimney Area Damage
Damaged areas around the chimney are often the result of roof repair. However, this can be avoided by a thorough roof examination. Proper maintenance can ensure that the chimney bricks are waterproof, along with the mortar joints.
Cracks at the crown of the chimney should be patched up and sealed. The roofer should check the flashing area. The lifting of tiles can damage flashing. Tiles can be lifted for some reasons, the buildup of fungus, wind, etc.
Always check for weak spots around the vents. Typically, it is the surrounding areas of these fixtures that have become damaged, unsealed, and thin — preparing these areas before cold, rainy seasons can save a great deal of stress and money.
Bare patches on a roof will undoubtedly, sooner or later present a problem. If it rains when your roof has an empty spot, it could damage a sizeable underlying area. A thoroughly wet, soaked area can cause quite a bit aggravation. The roof needs to protected with sealant, shingles, and protected materials at all times.
Shingles that have lost a lot of granules are virtually worthless. The shingle, at this point, needs to be replaced. Granules skip off of the shingles for different reasons. Whether due to the wind, heavy rain, etc. These granules are required to protect the shingles from the sun’s UV rays.
Some damage that could occur with shingles are:
a. Moss damage b. Ice damming c. Wind damaged. tree branches falling
Clearing your roof of tree branches should be done often. Sometimes branches can get caught in the fixtures and cause further damage. Also, moss can become a real issue, though it appears to be innocent enough. Moss is a plant. It doesn’t have roots, but it grows and reproduces via spores. This plant can grow and wrap itself around roof shingles. It is pulling the shingles up from the roof. Since it absorbs all surrounding moisture, it can easily cause a bacteria problem on your roof. The best advice to give would be to hire a professional as soon as possible to have the moss removed.