All of the materials that make up your home, whether inside or outside, require regular maintenance. Otherwise, their efficiency and usefulness will slowly begin to fade. Time, temperature, and use play a role in deterioration, of course. Nonetheless, it only takes a little too much of one factor, such as excess wind, water, or the weight of fallen snow to cause a breach in your exterior home structure. The breakdown of exterior building materials is very common for roofing, in particular. If water drainage or unreliable construction is devastating your home it can lead to costly repairs of your inner structure as well. To avoid the headaches of intrusions from Mother Nature, conduct a thorough and timely inspection of the common concerns at least twice a year: after the rainy season and after the snowy season.
Three of the best ways to inspect the condition of your roofing materials involves two tools and a professional resource. First, from the street and the edge of your backyard, you should be able to see a majority of the surface. However, professional recommendation suggests a pair of binoculars to take a magnified look at the shingles, gutter, and flashing. This provides you with an opportunity to witness the debris buildup, missing shingles, and construction damage in a way that only details can make real for you.
Second, you can also grab a ladder and securely position it along the side of your house in order to take in a naked eye view of the areas of concern that you witnessed from the street. From your ladder you can assess the severity of the damage and whether you require repair, sectional or complete replacement. The third step is to bring in a roofing contractor and their team. They may or may not deem it safe to walk the length of the top of your home to conduct a tactile inspection of your materials. If they are concerned about sinking, rot, or holes they will exercise every precaution to repair without harming anyone or furthering any damage to your home.
Conducting a regular inspection of your roofing materials can save you time, money, and safety in the end. A bi-annual inspection after major precipitation and windy seasons is important, but you should factor in the age and present condition of your materials throughout the year. The older the materials are the more likely they are to experience a breach.
The overall system is made up of layers of insulation, plywood, water proofing and the external surface of shingles or one of several other exterior choices. If the shingles, for example, become loosened, tear away, or billow, they become a part of the ripple effect of making the entire system vulnerable to rot, mold, rust, holes, and overall deterioration that leads to a plethora of water damage issues.
In conclusion, the greatest threat to your roofing system is the absence of regular inspection and necessary repair. By way of these observations, you can avoid cave in from soggy materials, rodent intrusion due to unseen holes, or water damage due to precipitation infiltration. Caring for the important layers of this system helps to keep your inner home dry and the living beings within it safe. The more maintenance you perform on your outer home the longer the entire structure will continue to last.