A roof is a big investment, one you want to protect so it lasts for as many years as possible. That’s why it’s essential to watch for the most common roof
problems. Catching roof damage early and repairing it can save you thousands of dollars and in some cases, the cost of replacing the entire roof. Here
are important steps to take to avoid roof damage.
• Work with a professional. Proper installation is critical with the best roofing warranties awarded for the best roofing installation. When a roof
system’s materials are not properly installed, the likelihood of problems dramatically increases and the roof system’s life expectancy is reduced.
• Routine inspections and maintenance. None of us have any control over the weather but we can control our reaction to it. Moisture from wind, rain, hail, snow, ice, and debris can get under the layers of roof and cause leaks, mold and rot. Having your roof routinely inspected and maintained can identify problems and stop leaks from getting any worse.
• Evict the critters. You’d be amazed at the surprising amount of damage small animals, birds, and insects can cause. You’re better off evicting them before they get a foot in the door, let alone a foothold.
• Properly installed flashing. Flashing seals the areas around vent pipes, sky lights, chimneys and HVAC units. In addition to open seams and laps that can ultimately cause tiles to blow off, improperly installed flashing also reduces the puncture resistance in your roof.
• Proper drainage. A sure sign of a problem is water that stands or ponds on a roof. Debris from fallen tree branches and leaves as well as improper drainage around HVAC units and gutters are all common causes for ponding water. Routine inspections and maintenance should identify and resolve any drainage problems with your roof.
• Inspect sealant and flashings regularly. With the recent hail experienced here in St. Louis in recent weeks, many roofing systems have sustained damage in the form of punctures and penetrations in roofing materials. Inspecting the sealant and flashing around penetrations added after the roofing was completed should be conducted.
• Cut back trees. If a tree is close enough to your building to pose a threat to your business, you’ll want to have it trimmed or removed. Tree branches can fall on a roof and cause serious damage. Overhanging tree limbs can rub on roofing materials and wear away the protective top layer.
• Install walkways. Walking on your roof can cause damage. This is why many professional roofers install walkways with double the roofing materials to allow access to HVAC and other areas.
• Proper Ventilation. An integral part of making a roof last is proper roof and attic ventilation. If ventilation is left unchecked, heat and moisture can build up resulting in damage to rafters, sheathing, insulation and rising energy costs. Additionally, you could also encounter mold and mildew problems.
When you follow these important steps you’re doing what it takes to avoid roof damage and getting the most out of the investment you’ve made in your roof.