Roofs are the first line of protection from sun, rain, hail and other weather conditions. They largely protect the walls, interior and exterior from moisture and the sun. The average temperatures, weather patterns, and other environmental factors should all be factored while determining which type of roof materials to use on a home.
Maintaining Your Roof
It is highly recommended that the homeowner monitor the roof’s condition and remove leaves and debris from the gutters and roof surface areas. Leaves or other debris on the roof’s surface area can soak up water and allow it to penetrate the shingles, doing damage to the interior of the roof. Debris in the gutters can cause water overflow under the shingles on the eaves damage.
Inspecting a Roof
Roofs can be composed of asphalt, wood, metal, and tile among others. When inspecting a roof, we are looking for signs of wear, such as hail hits or exposed fiber materials. All nail heads should be seal with caulking or roof appropriate material in order to prevent water penetration in the area. Roof and vent stack flashings should be flush with the roof to prevent wind driven water from entering the structure. The felt membrane should overlap the drip edge in order to allow water to flow over the edge of the structure and prevent leakage into the walls or interior roof area. Wood shingles may show signs of mold, rot, and wood destroying insects. When these conditions are found we generally recommend a qualified roof contractor be consulted to determine the scope and price of repairs necessary.