Why Building a Roof Properly and Maintaining it is so Vital

Roofs are very important when it comes to protecting the residents of a home from outside elements. A professionally built roof protects homeowners from cold freezing rain, heavy winds and the hot heat of the sun. But if the roof is not built properly this protection may be short lived.

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How a Homeowner can Avoid Roof Disasters

There are a few things that can cause a homeowner to end up not receiving all of the benefits of a healthy roof. Below are a few of those things:

a. poor installation

b. lack of maintenance

c. standing pools of water

When a roof is installed in a hurry or with a lack of skill and training, things can get pretty ugly. Shingles, gutters, drip edges and more all have to be paid and attached correctly.

For example, when nailing down shingles. There is always a particular way that it needs to be done. Otherwise the shingles will not stay down. First the roofer needs to make sure the right nails are being used. The best nails to use are galvanized nails.

Galvanized nails are tough and strong. Since they are made out of zinc they are able to stay in longer, keeping the shingles down. They should be at least 11 guage. The diameter of the head of the nail should be also be at least 3/8. The nails need to be placed at each end of the shingles. One in each corner.

A good roofing company would make sure the contractor has all of the supplies they need to began the work. The roofing contractor will also examine the roof to be sure that it is healthy, with no holes prior to the job.

When it comes to maintenance, the objective is to prevent minor problems from turning into huge issues. If a roof repair can be avoided, then by all means why not? Some telltale signs that roofers can observe are:

1. leaks

2. mold

3. sagging roofs

Leaks are signs of a roof that has holes. Though the holes may be very small they are large enough for water to go through. The water will take it’s time and stream down the side of the walls into the floor and/or carpet. The smell is often noticable. It is a musty old wood odor.

After a while the color of the walls will change colors and it can be seen where the water has trickled down for weeks or months. This same area may also have mold. If the home owner would up, he/ she may notice the roof also began to sag, if the roof has become saturated.

A routine maintenance visit could prevent circumstances such as these. Contractors are trained to search for tiny holes. The simple way would be to find the hole and repair it as soon as possible. This could prevent a damaged wall and soaked carpet.

Standing pools of water can be created by clogged gutters. Regular maintenance visits will usual include cleaning out the gutters, so the water will flow naturally off of the roof. A gutter that has been attached incorrectly to the roof will not allow the water to run off the roof.

It will either find an alternative route, whereas the water will form a huge pond in the middle of the roof. Or the water will pour off the roof and create a puddle near the home. Residents of the home may find themselves stepping into the water.

Choosing a roofer who has the experience and the training is vital. When having a roof built there are so many tips and manuevers that need to be applied. If these steps or processes are ignored or simply not realized the homeowner could pay the price later on.

Once the damage is done the amount of money that it takes to repair the damage could be doubled or tripled. For example, if an area now has a severe mold problem, due to heavy moisture, it could be costly. The roofer may actually have to remove parts of the walk to get all of the mold out. Then rebuild and paint the wall. This is not a cheap endeavor.

Yes, it’s a pain to schedule and keep a maintenance visit. But if it saves the homeowner money why not do it. It only takes a few minutes for an experienced roofer to look for signs of damage. A quick observation, cleaning or repair is much better than a major roof overhaul down the line.