Answers To A Few Of The More Common Questions About Roofs

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After listening to a few friends of mine complain about the cost of replacing their roof, I realized that I should make sure that my own roof was in decent shape. I climbed up on a ladder to see if I could see the shingles, and things weren't looking very pretty. Some patches of shingles were missing entirely, while others looked badly damaged. Fortunately, I caught the damage early enough that experts could patch up the issues. However, since roofing damage isn't always obvious, I decided to put up this website so that others can spot trouble of their own.


Answers To A Few Of The More Common Questions About Roofs

24 July 2016
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There are many new homeowners that will not have the experience or knowledge about their new roof to make informed choices when it comes to caring for this part of the house. If you have seldom given the roof much thought, you may need to have a few questions answered so that you will be better informed about this essential part of your house.

What Is Flashing?

There will be small gaps and other crevices in the roof that can allow water to get under the roof. To avoid this risk, it is common for metal flashing to be placed around these areas of the roof. While this flashing will be extremely effective at keeping materials from getting into the gaps, it is possible for the metal to corrode as time passes. This can result in it becoming brittle or develop holes. When this occurs, the flashing will have to be replaced in order to ensure that the house is protected from these issues.

How Do You Inspect The Roof For Damage After A Storm?

Following a severe storm, it will be necessary for you to inspect the roof for signs of structural damage. However, it can be common for some homeowners to be unsure of what they should look for during these inspections. If you have a roof with shingles, you will want to visually verify that none of the shingles are missing, out of alignment or bent. When gaps are made between the shingles, it can be easier for water to seep through the roof. You should also make sure to look at the ceiling in the attic for signs of water spots as it can be easy for overlook small punctures or signals that are very slightly damaged or misaligned, but checking the ceiling will allow you to confirm the presence of roof damage before it can cause serious damage to your house.

What Is The Purpose Of Having A Roof Cleaned?

At least once every couple of years, you should schedule to have your roof professionally cleaned to remove any leaves, mosses or sticks that have gathered on it. This might not seem like it would be a very important task, but these substances and cause your roof to rot as they will prevent moisture from evaporating. During the cleaning process, a roofing contractor will use a pressure washer to remove these substances from the roof. While this type of maintenance may be somewhat inconvenient, it can be essential for extending the life of your roof. Luckily, you will not have to be present for when this work is done, and this will help to reduce the inconvenience that you can experience.

To learn more, contact a roofing company like Mid-Miami Roofing, Inc.