As a homeowner, you are faced with many different forms of maintenance that are essential for keeping your home in top condition. It can be easy to overlook roof maintenance, until there is a leak. However, did you know that preventing a leak from happening is far less expensive than waiting to repair it? Today we will discuss 3 roof issues that can cause leaks, and the 3 ways you can watch for and prevent those leaks from happening at all!
Keep an Eye Out
For those who don’t already know, the standard recommendation is that homeowners have their roof inspected yearly, and after severe storms. However, it is also a great idea to perform simple inspections from the ground every month or so, whenever you have 10 minutes to spare. Take a walk around the perimeter of your home, and look on the roof for any shingles that appear to be cracked, lifted, missing, or warped. Any out of place shingles, or gaps between shingles can allow water to seep through. When enough water seeps through, it will begin to pool in the decking and cause a leak, or even structural damage. To avoid this problem, it is essential that you replace damaged shingles ASAP!
Watch For Rust
On shingle roofs, there a sections called flashing that are made of metal. You will typically see this metal around vents on your roof, and int he corners. If any of these pieces are rusted, it is essential that you replace them promptly to avoid leaks.
Shady Roof Problems
Many homeowners value trees around their home, thanks to the beauty and shade they offer. Unfortunately, trees can wreak havoc on your home, from top to bottom. If you have trees that overhang your roof, they will drop branches and leaves from time to time. As these debris settle on your roof, they can allow moisture to build up, which creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew to grow. As mold and mildew grow, they can eat away at your roof, destroy shingles, and cause leaks or even wood rot. To avoid this problem, trim branches that hang over your roof, and make sure to keep your roof free from leaf litter and debris.
If you need assistance with roof maintenance, or if your roof is in need of repairs in Houston, TX or surrounding areas, give us a call today at 281-723-3724 for professional and experienced roofing care!