Roofing | Expert Maintenance Tips for Your Roof
Roofing | Most people forget about their roof until a leak or some other serious problem appears. Since spring is the rainy season, it’s a good time of the year to try and notice if there is something wrong with the roofing system on your home. There is no need to panic, though; even if you notice a leak somewhere, it’s a common problem and it should be easy to take care of if caught early enough. There are a few main roof locations where a leak is most likely to occur and the more you know about them, the more easily you will be able to prevent damage in the future.
Repairing your roof may seem like a very complicated task, but the truth is, sometimes it can be a very minor thing that you can even deal with yourself. On the other hand, sometimes it will require a professional. Regardless of how you decide to handle it, a roof leak is a serious problem that requires immediate attention.
Find out about three of the most common roof leak locations below:
- Chimneys – When it comes to leaks, the area around the chimney is definitely the most problematic one. A leak in this area could occur for a variety of reasons — from problems with the flashing of the chimney to old caulk and cracks. In order to find the reason for this problem, the entire area around the chimney will need to be inspected carefully. In case the reason for the leak is the old caulking or sealant around the base of the chimney, a repair can usually be made by simply peeling off the old material and applying new. The flashing should also be checked for cracks or additional damage and replaced if necessary.
- Leaks around skylights – Skylights are great but if installed improperly, they can also cause problems. Moreover, leaks around a skylight may not be easy to find and so they should be checked and inspected carefully. Most leaks here will occur in the flashing as this is where the roof and the skylight interconnect. Damaged flashing should be replaced with new by a professional and experienced roofing contractor like Medina Exteriors.
- Leaks in roof valleys – A roof valley is the area where two parts of the roof of your home intersect. This is a more delicate area, which requires special attention. Most roofs have metal flashing that has often been improperly installed. Damage in the roof valley is generally more difficult to fix and it’s once again, best to call in a professional in order to be sure that the problem with the leak will be solved properly.
You have to remember that like all other parts of your property, the roof on your home needs special care and attention. Since it plays such an important part in the overall health of your house, it is always a good idea to take care of its cleaning and maintenance regularly. This will save you a lot of trouble in the future and you will be certain to notice leaks and damage before they become more serious than they need be. – Scudder Roofing
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