Roof Maintenance Services
Part of the regular upkeep of your home is roof maintenance. It is simply periodically looking at the areas of your roof that are vulnerable or are likely to present a problem. How often you check it depends on the type of roof, residential or commercial, and its age. Some of these you can handle on your own, but some you may want to have a professional check.
• Debris – Keep the gutters clear. Leaves and sticks will cause the water to back up under the eaves and shingles. Cluttered downspouts will mean the gutters overflow directly down the side of the building and into the foundation area.
• Animals – Small burrowing animals like squirrels, raccoons, or birds can infiltrate the attic especially during breeding periods. Not only will the intrusion cause holes to let the elements in, some will chew on electrical wiring. Their excrement will cause a health hazard.
• Shingles – As you are out tending to your lawn and landscape or just relaxing a bit in a lawn chair, glance up at your roof to see if you notice any shingles that are loose, cracked, or missing.
• Attic ventilation – Make sure the fans or turbines are moving properly and there are no obstructions. If the moisture in the attic is not ventilated well, moisture will accumulate causing mold or mildew problems, or the adhesives will begin to dissolve, which will weaken the plywood decking.
• Flashings – Flashings is a metal piece that moves water away from critical areas like a wall. It is also installed around vents, chimneys, and skylights. This doesn’t hold forever and if the flashings come loose you will have rain water come into the attic and onto the ceilings. This is a quick and relatively inexpensive fix that your roofer can handle.
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The Importance of Roof Maintenance
You have an investment in your home or commercial building. Keeping your roof in good shape is a way to protect that investment, to take care of small problems before they accumulate into something large and expensive, and to indicate when it is time for a replacement roof.
• Prevention – Just like regularly changing the oil in your vehicle means preventing more serious problems along the way, so does keeping your roof in good shape. Fixing a few shingles or the flashing is a fairly quick repair and not especially expensive. However, water coming through the bedroom ceiling means fixing the roof, replacing insulation, and repairing the ceiling, not to mention any damage to furniture, carpeting or floors.
• Maximizing Your Investment – Most roofs last between 25 and 30 years. With regular maintenance this duration can be increased thus deferring this expense.
• Peace of Mind – When you have a professional inspect your roof, you have the confidence that any repairs have been taken care of before they explode into a catastrophe. When the next big storm hits, you can rely on your house or building having a solid cover.
• Warranties – It is important to recognize that all warranties are not the same. If materials are not properly installed or something is placed on the roof, like a satellite dish, the warranty can be diminished or voided altogether. In some cases, an annual inspection is a requirement.
• Curb Appeal – For a residence it is nice to have your home carefully landscaped as well as in good repair. If your roof looks shoddy, it can impact the overall appearance. If it is damaged, water can run down the side of the house damaging the paint or siding and impacting any landscaping underneath. For a business, a sloppy looking exterior will make potential customers think that the work product is sloppy as well.
• Safety and Health – A leaking roof will allow moisture to enter the structure. This will weaken the attic including the bracing timbers. As the moisture moves through the insulation and onto the ceilings or down the walls, it will also damage the plasterboard, leaving ugly streaks and watermarks. Worst of all, you are creating the perfect environment for mold and mildew to form. Once the mold starts to spread, it is very difficult to remove and contain. This will lead to health issues, especially breathing, for you, your family, or your employees. For an employer this could mean workers’ compensation issues.
Roof maintenance is not difficult and if you are handy and agile, you can do much of it on your own. Remember to do these tasks on days that are sunny and mild with no threat of high winds or precipitation. Also have someone along to hold the ladder, or to call for help if the situation arises.
• Trees – Keep any surrounding trees pruned so that branches do not rub against the roof or crack and fall on the building during a storm. Remove any branches or other debris that may accumulate especially during the winter.
• General Inspection – Take time to go into the attic to look for any signs of holes or critter intrusion. On the exterior look for missing or loose shingles, worn spots, cracking, peeling, or curling. Remove any moss or mold. There are moss removal cleaners that will do most of the work and then you need to brush it away. Power washers can blow off the granules that give the roof its UV protection.
• Gutters – Clean all gutters and downspouts to keep the water free flowing and away from your building and foundation.
Schedule an inspection by a professional roof maintenance team in Toronto. Using a reputable roofing company, schedule at least an annual inspection. They will be comfortable walking around on top of your house or building and can spot potential problems that you may not realize are there.
Legitimate roofers in Toronto can provide the quality workmanship that will help you keep your roof healthy for years and save you money in the long run. You will be able to remain safe on the ground and have he peace of mind that your roof is in good shape.