7 Ways to Protect Your Roof from Leaking
After a long winter and rainy spring, it’s a good idea to get on your roof and make sure it’s in good condition and everything is in working order. By regularly monitoring the condition of your roof, you’ll be able to spot any issues before they get worse and develop into bigger problems. While you are inspecting your roof, take a look at these specific areas to ensure everything looks great.
1. Check the gutters and spouts. Gutters can easily get clogged with leaves and other debris, which prevents water from draining properly. The water can overflow and cause roof or basement flooding. If your gutters are clogged, it’s time to clean them.
2. Check the skylights. If you have a skylight in your home, check the area around the roof to make sure there is no debris nearby. Debris can retain water, causing it to leak into the area around the skylight, and into your home.
3. Examine the sealants. Closely look at any areas where sealants are used on your roof to ensure there are no cracks or missing pieces. Pay special attention areas around your chimney and any vents. Cracks in sealants allow water to enter, which causes leaks.
4. Make note of any area that animals could easily access. Do you have any areas in your roof that animals could potentially access, such as a vent? Animals can cause damage inside vents and block airways. Close off these areas by installing a grate or piece of mesh to keep any critters out.
5. Ensure sure the shingles are in good shape. Look for any cracked, damaged, or missing shingles, make note of them and their location. Damaged shingles can cause leaks, and should be replaced as soon as possible
6. Keep an eye out for mold. While on your roof, keep an eye out for any mold that may have developed. If you discover mold, make sure to call our team to have it looked at and remediated.
7. Get into the habit of taking photos. Since you’re not on your roof often, it will be difficult to remember if something looks different since the last time you were up there. Start taking photos of your roof each time to determine if something looks off or out of place.
If you have noticed damage to your roof, call our team. We’ll assess the damage and make a plan to get your roof back in great shape.