5Tips To Weatherproof Your Roof
Storms can be a pain to deal with whenever you need to get to work but they’re an even bigger pain when you have to deal with your roof failing to protect you from the elements.
Your roof has to deal with a ton of different weather throughout its lifetime. Throughout its lifetime, your roof will protect you from heavy rain, heat, and sub zero temperatures. These can all take their toll on the integrity of your roof and can deteriorate it in various ways.
Improve Your Insulation
Good insulation under your roof is a great way to keep your roof weatherproof. It regulates the temperature in your roof so it keeps your home cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Not only that, it also minimizes the moisture levels in the attic making it much harder for mold,and algae that slowly corrode your insulation, to take root and start causing problems.
You can opt for either warm insulation which is placed directly under your roof or cold insulation which is placed on the floor of your attic. Warm insulation is the better option of the two however it is more expensive than cold insulation.
Pick The Right Shade of Color
You don’t want your roof to just look great but to be functional as well and one of the ways to do this is to pick the right shade of color for your roof. Picking the right shade of roof might seem to be an aesthetic choice especially since you most likely have insulation installed already. Remember, insulation has limits on how much heat it can dissipate so having an extra layer of protection isn’t such a bad idea.
All you have to remember is a lighter shade will reflect heat off of your roof better than a darker shade while a darker shade will absorb heat and keep your roof warmer.
High amounts of heat will make the material expand and contract when the heat dissipates. On the other hand, cold temperatures will make your material far more brittle. Both can lead to cracks appearing and weakening the integrity of your roof. Pick the right shade according to the climate of your location. So choose a lighter shade for warm areas and darker shades for colder climates to give your roof a better average temperature.
Install Gutter Guards
During stormy weather, you can expect leaves and other debris flying around in the storm. This debris will eventually get into your gutters and downspouts causing several problems. Problems like blockages, water pooling in your gutter, and weeds like mold and algae growing on your roof and insulation are just some of the problems a clogged downspout or gutter can cause. These can easily be avoided with the use of gutter guards.
These handy installations keep debris from ever entering your gutters and it makes cleaning your roof much easier. No more having to grab a hose and shoving it into your downspout to flush out all that gunk. You can just grab a broom and sweep it all off your roof without a problem.
Gutter guards can be installed by your contractor or you can even do it yourself as all you need are hand tools and a ladder to get the job done.
Hire a Professional To Help
A professional helping you out can make a big difference when weatherproofing your roof. Two heads are better than one, especially when one head has been in the roofing business for several years. They come equipped with the knowledge to make sure that your roof is protected from the elements. Renco Roofing has been in the business for 10 years and we are ready to help you keep your roof in top condition. Contact us today for a consultation!