Tips and Ways To Protect Your Roof From Rain
Repairing or fixing your roof can be very expensive and it’s not a road that you want to travel down. There are a couple tips and tricks you can do to help protect your roof against rain/weather damage and other external damages. Doing these could very well save you thousands of dollars in the long run and will ensure the life of your roof is a long one. If some of these steps aren’t following, water damage is imminent and could possibly ruin not only your roof, but the other foundations or features of your home if not taken care of.
1) Fix Leaks
The number one things that may seem obvious for some, is fix your leaks! To some, it sounds easier said than done. How do you spot a leak? A leak is usually spotted if there’s water spots on your ceiling or walls inside. The faster you act on these water spots the better because over time, the water damage could get worse and possibly even turn into mold. Find the source of the leak and get it handled right away or call a professional to help.
2) Check Your Flashing
Flashing isn’t a very common word for most people but essentially it’s the metal sealants you can see on your roof to prevent water from penetrating any junctions on the roof. The way to check these are looking for any signs of the flashing being loose, corroded or broken off entirely. Flashing is a very important part of a roofing system so if there’s any problems with these, it could potentially cause you to have to get the entire roofing system replaced which is a hefty price to pay. Headwall flashing is where the roof meets a wall and sidewall flashing is where the sloped portion of the roof meets a wall. Pay extra attention to the flashing in the valleys and at drip edges as they see more rain and water which could cause more wear and tear on the roof itself and the flashing.
3) Clear Gutters and Downspouts
Gutters have one job – to keep the water running! It can’t possibly do its job when its clogged. Giving the downspouts and gutters a good cleaning will ensure the excess water has somewhere to go and does not pool in the pipes then eventually on the roof. If you have a big tree around your gutters you may want to consider trimming it back because it will cause debris in your gutter more often.
4) Get Proper Vents
Choose vents that can withstand the power of wind driven rain. Usually vents have to up to a certain code of your state to pass the test. For extra protection you can also fit on vents with moister reduction to minimize any sort of water coming in.
5) Schedule A Professional
A professional roofer is trained to see what the naked eye cannot. Similar to why people trust doctors because they are experts, roofing experts can diagnose what’s wrong with your roof and the steps needed to go about it.
Ardent Roof Systems
9765 45 Ave NW
Edmonton, Alberta T6E 5V8