The roof of your home is the first line of defense protecting your home interior from wind and moisture damage. The condition of your roof and interior attic space are important elements of your home's durability. Here are some tips and recommendations to help you keep your home and its exterior in great shape all year long.
Hire a Roof Inspector
Before you buy and move into your home, it is important that you check into the condition of the roof and its attic space. The interior of the home's attic and the roof's surface may not always be visible to you while you are inside the home, but they are detrimental to the quality and long-lasting ability of your home. The attic may have damaged trusses and framework from dry rot or mold from a leak, and you won't even know it if you never look into the attic space. A roof and attic inspection is a good chance for you to have a professional check out the integrity and condition of the area.
Your roofing inspector can get upon your roof to look for signs of damage, such as hail damage, loose shingles, lifting flashing or gaps around the chimney, skylights, or ventilation openings. They can also check inside the attic for moisture damage to the underside of the roofing deck. Normally you cannot see the condition of your roofing deck without removing the shingles and roofing felt. Your inspector can also check the attic insulation and for potential pest problems in the attic.
Do Regular Roof Check-Ups
Periodically you can check your roof for signs of visible damage and debris on its surface that can lead to damage. For example, tree limbs or branches and leaves that fall on your roof can cause more damage than you think. They can hold in moisture onto your roof and cause deterioration, along with mold and mildew growth. Mold and mildew grow into the surface of your shingles and break them down, so it is important to remove them as soon as possible.
Hire Professional Cleaning and Repairs
Any roof damage should be repaired so your home interior does not get damaged from leaking water. Your roofing professional can remove debris from your roof and check for underlying damage, then repair it by replacing shingles or patching roofing underlayers. They can also clean debris out of your gutters to ensure they drain water from your roof continually. Any lifting flashing or gaps around roof openings can be repaired professional to keep your roof structure strong and durable against the elements.
For more information, contact a roofing company like Danny Odom & Son Roofing.