Proactive maintenance is the biggest gift you can give to your roof. By taking a proactive approach to caring for your roof rather than a reactive one, you can reduce the risk of damage and the need for premature restoration services.
Being proactive with maintenance means knowing which areas of the roof need attention more than others. In this post, Sprague Restoration and Roofing lists five of the most common problem areas.
Flashings – Your flashing seals the roof’s edges, perimeters, penetrations and other areas where the roof covering is interrupted. Its main purpose is to keep gaps in the system covered from water intrusion. Flashing typically fails much earlier than other parts of the roof, so a good inspection starts with checking the flashing system.
Soffit – Soffit is the component of your roof that circulates air throughout your home and draws heat and moisture away. It plays an important part in ventilating your attic and preventing rot. When you’re inspecting your roof, look for any crack, hole or decay in the soffits and waste no time hiring a contractor to repair any problems you spot.
Gutters – The gutters keep water runoff away from your home, including your foundation, indirectly protecting the structure’s physical integrity. Since the gutters are susceptible to water and debris build-up, damaged gutters can cause not just roof damage but foundation damage and mold and mildew growth in your roof. While it’s possible to clean the gutters yourself, it’s better to hire a gutter repair professional to reduce the risk of further damage or injury.
Fascia – The fascia is the band that runs horizontally under your roof edge. It protects the edge of your roof from bad weather and holds the gutters in place. This makes it susceptible to moisture damage, so give it extra care when maintaining your roof.
Shingles – Shingles comprise the outer layer of your roof, so they bear the brunt of the elements. Shingles are prone to discoloration and curling, which can leave the underlying wood susceptible to damage. Check your roof often and have your shingles replaced when necessary.
Since your roofing system has numerous weak spots, proactive maintenance is the best way to prevent almost any form of damage. Good maintenance starts with an inspection of these five areas by a reputable roofing contractor.
Turn to Sprague Roofing and Restoration for your home improvement needs. We are your number one provider of roof repair and window replacement services. Give us a call at (406) 200-9080 or (307) 269-0998 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Billings, MT, and Cody, WY.