A leaking roof is dreaded by many homeowners. This means there is an area on the roof that has become compromised. Perhaps shingles are missing, a place of moss or mildew is causing moisture buildup which has seeped under the shingles, or the protective sealants have begun to fail. Many times once the leaking occurs, the damage on the roof is relatively severe.
What are some tips for preventing roof leaks?
Have a Yearly Inspection
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”, as quoted by Benjamin Franklin. In other words, it is easier to stop something from happening than to repair the damage after it has happened. Contact your local roofing contractor early, or after massive storms, and ask them to thoroughly inspect your roofing system. They have the knowledge and experience to determine the condition of your roofing material. Many homeowners don’t have the expertise to forecast any potential damage.
The question may arise, “Won’t the roofing contractor just take me for ignorant and make me spend unnecessary money?” That is why it is important to have a trustworthy contractor to work with. The Piedmont Roofing Company in Atlanta is a local contractor with a history of honesty and integrity that you can rely on. Members of our team have been in the roofing industry for over two decades. We value family, community, and proper craftsmanship to deliver the best in roofing needs to you. We strive to protect your greatest investment!
Check for Damaged or Missing Shingles
These areas are prone to leakage for obvious reasons. If shingles are missing, the water can easily collect in the areas, and cause the materials to deteriorate. It is vitally important to make sure the sealants are holding up to their jobs as well. If shingles need to be replaced, and extra sealants added to secure the roof, speak with The Piedmont Roofing Company to safely fix the areas.
Plant Trees Away From the Home
Shade is delightful in the heat of the summer, but can be treacherous on your roof! The shade provided can cause moss, mildew, and algae to form on the shingles. When this occurs, the shingles can lift and will not lay flat any longer. As the process continues, the shingles will continue to deteriorate.
Check the Ventilation
A proper ventilation system will allow the air to flow freely and keep the underside dry and protected. Without proper ventilation, moisture can build up and create damage to the foundation of your roof.
Keep Gutters Clean
Believe it or not, your gutter system is essential in keeping the roof from leaking. Gutters can easily get clogged by dirt, leaves, branches, twigs, pine needs, and other debris. This is especially true if trees are nearby. Water must be able to properly drain away from the home. Keeping your gutters clean, or installing gutter guards, are essential in achieving this mission. If you have concerns about gutter cleaning, be sure to reach out to your roofing contractor in Atlanta for assistance. They can make sure the gutters are properly installed and secured safely to the home’s exterior.
Keep your home protected from leaks by attending to these tips and your roof will last for decades. Contact The Piedmont Roofing in Atlanta for tips and assistance to ensure a long life in your roofing material. We are here to help in any way we can. Give us a call!