When it comes to roofs, too often no attention is paid to it until something goes wrong. There may be a leak, or shingles missing or an odd water filled boil clinging to your ceiling. Once a problem gets this far you can be certain it’ll end up costing you a pretty penny to fix. Like with most things, it’s better to catch a problem while it’s still small and that’s why this article will cover preventative maintenance. With home improvement budgets being at an all time low, it’s more important than ever to practice preventative maintenance. It’s especially important to practice preventative maintenance on roofs since they’re difficult to gain access to and really evaluate properly. The longer any trouble with a roof goes on, the more money you’ll end up paying for it. There are also roof associated ailments that aren’t as easy to spot as a leak-and one of the more dangerous threats is mold. Black mold, and several other types of growth, are common and dangerous. They can be caused by an leak trapped in the ceiling or a wall. Certain mold species have the potential to wreak havoc on the safety of any home. After long term exposure they’ve been known to cause rashes, fatigue and, in some extreme cases, even cancer. It isn’t safe to assume that just because water isn’t leaking on your head that your roof is in perfect working order.
What preventative maintenance means for your roof is having a professional come and inspect it at least twice a year. It’s ideal to have your roof inspected once after the winter-especially in areas that experience harsh ones. Heavy snowfalls can lead to deadly and sudden roof collapses. And short of a collapse, snowfall is more than capable of significantly weakening the roof and causing other problems and etc. A fall inspection is also important to ensure that the roof’s drainage systems are operating optimally.
Always do your homework on whomever you hire to inspect your roofing systems. The roof over your head is important and make sure you’re receiving quality whenever you’re having work done on it. Here are a few things to make sure you receive with your roof inspection:
–A detailed description of each roofing system
–Photographs of any problem areas
–List of all recommended repairs or replacements
–An estimate of each roofing system’s life cycle
Make sure the contractor that inspects your roof fully justifies the work that needs to be done. By regularly scheduling roof inspections and only hiring the best roofing contractors you’ll keep your wallet full and your living room dry.
Source by David C Lee