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Importance of roof inspection to prevent leaks
Everything, even the smallest of things require at least a certain degree of maintenance in order to keep a certain level of functionality. Maintenance is usually done to renew the old materials used and to check for any damage. Regular maintenance on a residential roof can bring about much lesser costs and can easily prevent any further trouble.
It does seem a tiresome task, but make a habit out of it. Include your whole family if you want to, just keep it regular.
It would seem we make light of the importance of a roof. You have to keep reminding yourself that a roof above your head isn’t something that will exist forever just because you need it to. It is the only barrier between you and the ghastly outside world, so you should keep it shiny and shower it with the same amount of attention you give your vehicle before the annual check-up.
Not only that, by giving your roof the care it deserves, you are directly working on prolonging its life expectancy. On the other hand, in case you decide to neglect it completely, all the costs of any further repairs that would most certainly have to be done are on you. If you read the warranties your contractors provide, you will see the clause that clearly states that the warranty is nullified in case of pure negligence.
That is why you should check your roof twice a year. During the autumn and before spring. By doing that, you are assuring that no damage will be done to either you, your family or your possessions.
Since you’re an amateur, it is suggested you stay of the roof. As a roof, or in definition something that should stay above our heads, it is not meant for foot traffic. Leave that to the professionals.
The biggest examinations you can do are from the ground. The main things that ought to be checked do not require a lot of time, and can easily be done on the walk.
First of all, looked for any cracked shingles. A small crack may appear small in size, however it can cause some serious problems. It does seem weird to check your shingles from the ground, but you can always use a binocular.
In case you do encounter a cracked shingle, or even worse – a missing shingle, don’t neglect it in hopes of the others doing their job. That hole is an invitation for rainwater and other debris. It can easily crawl in and attack your plywood base.
The next thing you should most definitely check for is moss. A lovely plant that can add that missing factor to a house, it usually only brings trouble. Although it does seem completely benevolent in its attempt to stay alive, moss can tear apart your shingles and leave empty, open space.
Observe from the ground, take a walk around the house and take a notebook to write down all of the potential problems.
In any case, it is highly recommended you check on your roof regularly to avoid any possible damage and unnecessary costs. In case you end up recognizing a potential problem, consult with an expert before making any decisions. After all, they ARE professionals.
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