The roof is one of the most important elements of the house serving as the primary line of defense against the elements. In order to effectively protect against rain, snow, and the like, though, your roof must be in top shape. If there are any weak points in the roof, no matter how small, your home can become vulnerable to the infiltration of water, causing mold, warping, and other types of water damage.
In order to prevent this costly damage, you should inspect your roof regularly — around once or twice a year — either by yourself or with a professional. When inspecting your roof, look for the following issues and vulnerabilities.
- Make sure the coverings are secure
If you have short, thick shingles, odds are you won’t need to repair them often. The thicker and heavier a shingle, the more durable it will be. A single layer of thinner shingles will typically not last as long. If you wish to add a second layer to your roof, it is essential that you first remove any shingles in the bottom layer with water damage.
- Check up on the fasteners
For asphalt shingles, there are a couple of things that can go wrong. First, the wrong type of nail can be used. If the nail is not aluminum, stainless or galvanized steel, or some other corrosion resistant material, then they can rust, weakening and staining the roof. Second, the fastener can be misaligned or installed at the wrong depth. If the fastener is crooked or too shallow, it will not properly anchor the shingle. If the fastener is driven too deep into the roof, it can tear and damage the shingle it is securing.
- Make sure the framing is structurally sound
A roof is only as strong as its weakest element. And if that element is the sheathing holding it up, things can deteriorate rapidly. Fortunately, there is a surefire test to check for weak spots. If you can do it safely, simply walk upon the roof to look for soft spots. If you feel some give under your feet, you should give the sheathing there a closer look.
If you find any problems with your roof, get your roof services from Roofing Renovations. Whether you come across a leak, missing shingles, or something more unusual, there is no problem Roofing Renovations cannot handle.