Roofing is one of the most important aspects of building or renovating a home or office. Because installation is relatively costly and labor-intensive, it is important to maintain your roof to prevent significant damage. Many companies offer roofing programs for maintenance, to help you keep your roof in good repair. Here are some steps you should take to protect your roof.
- One of the best ways to keep a roof in good repair is to make sure there is no standing water. This is more of an issue with flat roof types than angled roofs, for obvious reasons. Checking your flat roof drains and keeping them clean will prevent water from pooling on your roof and causing sags or cracks. Cleaning downspouts will keep gutters from pulling away from angled roofs, as well.
- With any roof, angled or flat, it is important to routinely check your sealants for any cracks or punctures. Caulk and other sealing substances are often less durable than the roof itself, so they will need to be replaced frequently.
- Be sure to inspect the exterior of the building for cracks in siding and the foundation. In addition to affecting your roof’s performance, these can indicate the need for costly repairs to the rest of the building. Gaps and shrinkage in wood siding can be a point of entry for water, allowing you to seal the leak without worrying about damage to the roof.
- While much of your roofing inspection will be completed externally, do not forget to include an interior inspection in your roofing programs for maintenance. Water damage and mold are signs that your roof is leaking, and points of entry will need to be identified. Look for cracks in the concrete and other structural damage that may adversely affect your roof as well.
Enacting good roofing programs for regular maintenance can help you prevent severe damage to a roof and keep the building in good condition as well. Frequent inspections and routine cleanings can really extend the life expectancy of a roof. Talk to your roofing company about inspection options today.