Proper Roofing Maintenace to Prevent a Leaking Roof

leaky roofA leaking roof is the final and most obvious symptom of a roof that hasn’t been properly maintained. Roof leaks for the most part aren’t due to a sudden, isolated event. Typically they are the end result of a process of deterioration over an extended period of time. Because most of the roof is generally out of sight of a homeowner, it’s easy to remain oblivious to what’s going on up there. However, once a leaking roof ruins the attic structure and/or spawns toxic mold indoors—or water starts dripping down through ceilings into the living spaces—it will be hard to ignore.

Because of the safety hazard of working on a roof, major roof repair should be left to professionals. However, a do-it-yourself inspection and some minor fixes are possible if taken with great care and never in wet or icy conditions.

  • Look for shingles that are missing, broken or deformed. Most defective shingles can be replaced individually as a DIY procedure or the job can be done by a roofing contractor.
  • Be aware of signs of fungus growth on the roof. Moss or algae growth on a roof is common, especially in shaded areas. It’s also very destructive to shingles and other roof components. Installing lead or zinc fungus control strips prevents this damage.
  • Examine metal flashing around vent pipes and/or the chimney. If the caulking that seals the flashing has degraded, remove whatever is remaining and re-caulk.
  • Sweep off accumulated debris on the roof such as leaves. Rotting leaves and other organic matter accelerates the deterioration of shingles.
  • Trim away overhanging branches. Observe trees adjacent to the roof for any signs that the tree or a portion of it is likely to fall and impact the roof.
  • Keep gutters clear of leaves and other obstructions. Clogged gutters filled with water are extremely heavy and may over-stress the eaves where they are attached, eventually pulling loose and damaging that part of the roof.

To address water damage issues caused by a leaking roof—or more advice about how to avoid it—contact the professionals at Rytech, Inc.


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