Top 3 Ways to Keep Your Roofing System Reliable – Part 1: Getting Prompt Roof Repairs
Probably the primary course of action that you can take to protect your roof from total destruction is to perform needed repairs as soon as possible. Unless your roof is brand new and has never gone through severe weather, then it will likely need repairs due to damage caused by day-to-day wear and tear.
If you experience the following signs, it may be time to call your roofing contractor and schedule some repairs:
- Water leaks – Perhaps the most obvious sign that a roof will need repairs is roof leaks. However, not all leaks are obvious. In fact, some leaks don't even leave water marks on the ceiling or attic flooring. However, they worsen over time, with damage building up until you're suddenly dealing with roof failure because continuous moisture exposure has gotten the better of your roofing system.
- Missing, loose or damaged shingles – If the roof has missing, loose or damaged shingles, these will definitely need to be repaired. The shingle layer is the roof's first line of defense against the elements. So, if there are some pieces missing, damaged or a bit loose, then you can be sure that it's only a matter of time before bigger problems present themselves.
- Clogged gutters – If rainwater is overflowing from your gutters, you're looking at a clogged trough preventing water from reaching your downspouts. This leads to water getting into areas where it shouldn't, causing not just damage to your roofing system, but other parts of the home as well, including your landscaping and foundation. If your gutters have been clogged for some time, it's highly possible you have roof damage on your hands, which you should take care of right away with repairs.
The key to making the most of roof repairs is getting one done as soon as possible. After all, roofing problems are easier to deal with while they are small. This is why regular roof inspections are just as important. The sooner a problem is identified, the sooner a fix can be provided to keep it from worsening.
In Part 2, we'll be talking more about roof inspections, a crucial task in keeping your roofing system reliable. Stay tuned!