Maintenance Tips to Help Prevent Roof Leaks

One of the most common and costly issues homeowners call on a contractor for is to fix a leaky roof. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends that roof inspection and maintenance be performed regularly to help avoid future problems.Before an inspection, the contractor should look around from the outside and ask the homeowner if there has been recent extreme weather, animals around the home, leaves, falling debris, trees, satellite or cable work, or an accident that caused damage to the roof.
If it pops through the roof look at it.
Chimneys. The top leak source.
Plumbing vents. Do the vent stacks have neoprene or rubber that has cracked with age?
Is the satellite or cable flashed properly?

A drip edge is not just aesthetically pleasing, it is important to help ensure water is kept away from the fascia and moved off the roof. Every step I take.

Inspect these areas for damage:

Roof-to-wall transitions
Wherever low-quality sealant or mastic has been used in the past

Be on the lookout for:

Algae stains on interior plywood
Soaked insulation when it hasn’t rained
Black rings or rust around nails
Is there a lack of ventilation that is causing the attic to overheat or accumulate moisture?
Are the intake vents clogged with paint, spider webs, dust, or insulation?

A thorough inspection, performed regularly by a professional roofing contractor, can monitor the roof’s condition and help prevent small problems from becoming major roof leaks.

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