Roof maintenance is vital for the well-being of the entire building. Most roofing professionals recommend biannual inspection and maintenance for increasing roof longevity, which should be done particularly after extreme weather conditions. Regular maintenance not only reduces the instances of expensive repair work by preventing structural and substantial damages, but also helps in protecting the building's interior. Here are a few important steps which should be taken by the owners for ensuring a long life for the roof.
Identifying Interior Signs – The interiors of the house can be indicative of the state of the roof. One should examine the interiors for signs of water damage such as mold, seepage, water stains, and peeling paint. Trusses and beams should be examined for cracks, rots, and rusts, which are signs of structural stress. This should be done particularly for roofs, which carry heavy equipment or snow load.
Cleanliness – Fallen tree limbs and leaves, dirt and debris should be regularly cleaned as they might lead to the premature decay or rotting of the roof. Fungus and moss growing on the roof also contributes to this.
Roof Surface – The roof surface should be checked for signs of general damage or weathering such as blisters, cracks, holes and low spots which collect water. Signs of corrosion and loose or damaged metal panels must be looked at in case of metal roofs, while for gravel-top roofs, one must ensure that the gravel layer is uniform and free from bare spots.
Drains and Pipes and other External Structural Components – Drains on the roof should be unclogged regularly. Further, external components such as chimneys, vents, pipes, and others should be inspected for cleanliness and signs of aging like rusting, peeling paint, moss, and fungus.
Thus, there are essentially three elements of effective roof maintenance – roof inspection, cleaning and clearing, which are required to be done by the owners themselves, apart from the recommended bi-annual professional roof inspection and maintenance. Additionally, knowing specific roof risks is also important. Depending on the type of the roof, there may be specific risks to which the roof may be especially vulnerable. For instance, built-up roofs are more prone to blistering and damaged or displaced surfacing, single-ply roofs suffer more from damage to the seams and splitting, metal roofs undergo corrosion (and so on). Therefore, to devise an effective plan for roof maintenance, one must necessarily take into account the nature of the roof. For more information, contact companies like Columbia Roofing Inc.