Your roof needs regular maintenance too
Posted By MyGuy
Deciding whether your roof needs to be repaired or replaced isn't always
an easy decision. Assuming your roof will last forever with zero maintenance
is a common misconception amongst homeowners. Here are some tips for maintaining
your roof, deciding whether your roof needs to be replaced or not, when
to replace it and what to consider. Learn about all of the different types
of roofs available to fit your budget and home style.
- If there are trees near your house, trim the branches so that they do not
touch the roof.
- Clean your roof with a pressure washer or a hose bi-annually to remove
leaves, debris, dirt, and bird feces. If left on the roof for long periods
of time, the roof will start to deteriorate. But be careful as roofs are
sometimes slippery when covered in debris, especially tile roofs.
- Make sure that leaves haven't built up in your gutter system.
- After a storm, check for broken tiles or torn or damaged shingles. Also
check the flashings around vents and chimneys.
- If there are many missing or torn shingles on your roof, it could be cheaper
and more effective to have the entire roof replaced instead of fixing
- Many broken tiles may indicate an on-going issue and in the long run a
roof replacement would be more cost beneficial to the home or business owner.
- An estimated 75% of homes have deficient attic ventilation, where soaring
temperatures can drive up energy costs and diminish the life span of roofing
underlayment's. You may need to upgrade your attic ventilation to
reduce energy costs and to elongate the lifetime of your roof.
- Check your ceiling for any brown/yellow spots. Theses spots indicate water damage.
- Remember that finding the damage isn't always easy because the water
will build up at the lowest point of the ceiling. Leaving this problem
too long may cause the problem to escalate and the result could be structural
damage to your property.
- If you can visually see damage from the outside, i.e. rotten wood, but
cannot yet detect any damage inside you should call a roofing expert to
assess the damage that is visible.
- If you are unable to get onto your roof, call a roofing expert to give
your roof an inspection.
The type of roof you will choose for your home will depend on your budget,
type of structure, design of your house, as well as the function you will
need from the roofing materials you choose. Here are some of the roofs
available on the market.
Shingles - Popular for its cost-to-quality ratio, shingles are available in many
colors to match your home and are durable, reliable and easy to maintain
throughout the life of the roof. They all come with a Class "A"
fire rating and have 20yr – lifetime warranties.
Cedar Shakes – or other types of wood shingles give a natural look that increases
the beauty and adds value of your home.
Concrete Tiles - Here in the Phoenix desert region, most homes are built with clay or
concrete tiles. Concrete tile offers the best solution from a functional
and energy efficient perspective. While the concrete tile itself may last
up to 50 years, the felt underlayment may last no more than 15-20 years.
Most homeowners don't realize that the tile is only the protective
covering; while the felt underlayment is the waterproofing membrane.
Clay Tiles - roofs have represented the handy-work of skilled craftsman. From old
missions with clay tiles hand-molded over knees, to modern processes creating
patterns and colors which allure the eye to our beautiful architectural
Roofs (Spray Polyurethane Foam) - is a technologically advanced product that can be sprayed onto a roof.
This type of roof is extremely effective due to its high R-value, it is
environmentally friendly and an added advantage is that it insulates as
well as protects your roof. Foam can be lowered or raised to enhance drainage
on roofs with small puddle problems.
Built-Up Roofing – known commonly in the industry under the acronym BUR, is also
referred to as hot tar roofing. This type of roofing has been in use for
more than 150 years, so we know that it does an excellent job of protecting
buildings. In fact, it is one of the strongest roofs available.
Metal roofs – can last for over 50 years and are made from metals such as copper, tin,
steel or aluminum. Metal roofs are able to deflect heat and they should
be installed by a professional roofing contractor.
Many property owners know little about detecting roof leaks and appropriate
solutions for different applications. Visit the
website for your roofing inspection to determine the cause, source and necessary
action that needs to be taken to repair your roofing problems.
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