Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home or business. It makes sure that you, and everything under are unexposed to the effects of nature. Whether this be the intense heat of the sun or intense rain, you have your roof to thank for being cool and dry. However, your roof won’t last forever and it will take some damage from the elements. This is why you should ensure that you check specific areas for roof damage.
Where You Should Be Looking for Roof Damage
If installed properly, your roof will be built to last for a very long time. However, there will always be areas on your roof that will be more susceptible to damage. We will be discussing these in today’s article so you know where to look and what to look out for to make sure that your roof will stay strong for an extended period of time.
Your gutters are some of the most important parts of your roof. This is due to the fact that it helps divert water safely to the downspouts of your roof. Any damage here could be catastrophic as it could fall off of your roof and severely injure anyone under it.
You should look out for any blockages on your gutters and remove them as soon as possible to avoid problems like pooling water and water not being diverted properly. You should also keep your eye on the seams, screws and flashing of your gutters. These are essential to making sure that water is diverted properly, gutters are fastened properly and to protect your roof’s shingles respectively.
The next thing you should be looking at when you look for roof damage are your downspouts. If the gutter’s job is to divert water to the downspouts, then the downspout’s job is to ensure that water flows safely away from your home. Look for any blockages inside your downspout to ensure that water doesn’t pool.
If you find a particularly large blockage, use a long object to dislodge the blockage. Follow it up by either pulling it up out of the downspout or by using a strong hose to push the debris out the bottom.
The Top of Your Roof
Your roof itself should be checked for damage. This includes the shingles, tiles, or metal that make up most of the top of your roof. Any damage here could lead to leaks that can be difficult to fix depending on your roof type. It could also cause surrounding tiles, or shingles to become more vulnerable to damage.
Your insulation may not be a direct part of your roof. However it still plays a role in ensuring it’s integrity. Insulation not only reduces your heating and cooling bills but it also ensures that it reinforces your roof’s structure. Look out for mold and signs of crumbling that could appear on it as these could lead to your insulation slowly deteriorating.
Just like your insulation, this may not be a direct part of your roof. However, your attic is a great place to look for problems. This is because it is the first area of your home to be affected by other roofing problems like leaks, pests and mold. If you find a problem here, then there is a problem elsewhere.
Knowing where your roof could be damaged is one of the first steps to making sure it lasts long. With these tips, you should have no problems making sure that your roof stays intact and strong for years to come.