ROOF MAINTENANCE TIPS
Even the most well built roof will eventually wear out. But, there are many ways to extend the life of your roof. For most, it is a good idea to hire a professional certified roofing company to keep the preventative roof maintenance on schedule and your roof at peak performance. For those who are up to the task, here is a basic guideline of what to look for:
PLUMBING VENTS: Inspect all pipes for cracking, proper seal and paint. Inspect neoprene or rubber edges to ensure that there is no cracking and a firm seal.
SKYLIGHTS: Water often gets trapped behind them. Inspect flashing to ensure that it isn’t lifting and is tightly sealed.
CHIMNEYS: The number one source of leaks. Determine if the chimney has a cricket. Inspect for proper step, counter flashing and ensure that all are properly sealed.
SATELLITE DISHES: Ensure that they are securely installed, haven’t been loosened by high winds or storm and that they are flashed and sealed properly.
DRIP EDGE: Not just decorative, it is designed to keep water away from the fascia and moved off of the roof. Missing drip edge is a common leak source in the eaves and potential cause for wood rot in a missing drip edge. Properly installed drip edge will also helps to keep out pests.
STEP FLASHING: Missing step flashing is a common leak source and maintenance item. Inspect dormers and roof-to-wall transitions for integrity of sealant to ensure that there are no gaps or cracks and that good quality sealant or mastic has been applied.
GUTTERS: Keep them free of debris, tightly fastened and sloped for positive water flow away from the home.
ATTIC: Don’t assume the roof is the culprit! This often overlooked part of the home inspection can be very revealing. A lot of issues can stem from improper ventilation, plumbing, vent fans, air conditioning and condensation, or even animal intrusion. Problems to look for:
- Algae Stains on interior plywood
- Soaked insulation when it hasn’t rained
- Black rings or rust around nails, which is the first sign moisture is condensing in attic spaces
- Is there a lack of ventilation that is causing the attic to overheat or accumulate moisture?
- Are the intake vents clogged with paint, spider webs, dust, or insulation