Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements. It protects your home or building from rain, snow, wind and hail damage. If leaking, damaged, or improperly installed, it can reek havoc on your home's frame and drywall, allow mildew and dangerous mold growth to occur and allow heat and cold to come in.
Not all problems will require you to purchase a new roof. Some issues only need a minor repair. However, it is important to remember that regardless of the cause, if your roof requires even the most minor of repairs, they must be completed immediately to avoid having the problem spread.
Here are some tips in proper roof maintenance and what to look for when inspecting your roof:
Check To See If Trees Are Growing Too Close
Regularly inspecting your homes exterior is even more important when you have trees over your home or building.
Trees can cause a whole host of issues. Falling leaves, pine needles and other tree particles can clog gutter systems causing water to back up into your attic or living space or run down between the fascia. Branches leaning on the roof will scratch and gouge roofing material when the wind blows.
Trees should be cut back immediately to prevent further damage!
Debris, such as leaves, can gather in valleys and around protrusions (skylights, chimneys, joints, vents, etc.) and will eventually start to gather water or moisture which will begin to break down the shingles on your roof and can prevent proper water flow into the gutters. Some roof leaks can easily be prevented by simply removing the gathering debris.
Check For Loose and Missing Shingles
Shingles are what protect the wood structure of your roof from rain and extreme elements. A layer of thick felt should have been placed under your shingles to protect the wood, however some roofs we have seen did not have this material applied during installation. Improper installation voids all shingle manufacturers warranties!! Roofing felt is even more important in area with high wind, as it can blow off shingles and leave the wood exposed, causing huge problems. Be sure to have any and all missing and loose shingles replaced immediately and ask your contractor if he notices that the necessary felt is there.
Also, If you notice large amounts of granules on your driveway or in the gutters after a heavy rain, it may be time to look at the overall condition of your shingles. This occurs when shingles become brittle and begin to crack. If they look dry and brittle, and dont have a sufficient amount of granules on them, it may be time to call a roofing contractor for a professional opinion.
It is vital to keep your gutters clean and clear of debris and ice to insure proper water flow from rain and melting snow. Ice dams should be broken up immediately! At Marcus Anthony Roofing, we offer ice and snow removal during the winter. Please exercise extreme caution if you choose to remove it yourself as roofs become very slippery and dangerous during the harsh Connecticut winters.
Check For Discolored and Dark Streaks
Discoloration and dark streaks are indications of mold and algae growth. They are particularly prone to areas that get a lot of shade and usually grow during periods of high humidity . There is not much you can do about this, except to call a professional to assess the extent the problem.
Regularly Inspect Your Attic
To check for existing leaks, you can usually do so by going into your attic and looking for dark spots on the ceiling. This is preventative maintenance, as a small leak left unattended to can create much bigger and more costly problems. Check around penetrations, such as chimneys, skylights, vents, and roof valleys for discoloration and/or saturated plywood. Call a professional Connecticut roofing specialist right away if you notice leaks!