Your roof is the most expensive, essential part of your home. So it is important to keep it in the best shape possible so it has a full service life. The best way to do this is to arrange for regular inspections and maintenance with an experienced roofing contractor who will keep an eye on the areas of the roof that are most likely to develop problems, particularly the five critical areas mentioned below. Then arrange for roofing repair at the first sign of trouble.
Flashing is one of the most important components of a roofing system. It is also the most likely component to develop problems. These protective metal trim strips can loosen or come off completely if fasteners are too loose.
Loose or missing flashing around protrusions and valleys can make leaks and other damage more likely. Check your flashing routinely and if it looks damaged, loose, or is missing, call a roofing contractor to arrange for roofing repair as soon as possible. The damage caused by loose and missing flashing can become extensive if not corrected immediately.
Gutters catch the water that drains from roofs and directs it to the ground through downspouts to keep water away from your home’s foundation. As simple as they may be, when gutters are not installed at the proper level or are clogged with leaves and debris, they can cause damage to the edges of your shingles if submerged in the collected water.
Have your contractor check to make sure your gutters are installed correctly and make gutter cleaning a part of your roofing maintenance twice a year.
3. Fascia and Soffit
The fascia is the front-facing trim panel that runs along the edge of the roof, covering up the ends of the trusses. The soffit is the board underneath the eaves that closes off the bottom part of the rafters and trusses where they overhang the wall. Both of these components protect the inside of your attic space and prevent water from getting in.
The soffit also provides critical attic ventilation via vents installed by a roofing contractor. Both the fascia and soffit are often overlooked parts that can rot or harbor insects and small animals. Check these areas frequently and call for roofing repair if you notice any deterioration, holes, or evidence of insects or animals.
Roofs with shingles also experience their share of problems over the service life of the structure. Keep your shingles in the best condition by watching for any symptoms of degradation and damage such as curling, lifting, buckling, cracking, and loose or missing shingles.
Look for granules in the gutters, which means the shingles are losing their protective asphalt granule coating. Frequently look for signs of leaks both around the outside of the roof and inside your home, especially in the attic. If you see problems, make sure to get them corrected quickly to reduce damage.
It is easy to ignore your roof since it is "out of sight, out of mind" most of the time. Still, it is strongly recommended to visually inspect this structure regularly to check the common areas discussed above that could be in need of repair. By working together with a skilled roofing contractor, you can keep your roof in great shape and help ensure it will have a long service life!