Metal roofs and gutters offer a number of benefits to homeowners and titleholders of commercial property. Not only are energy bills lowered but insurance premiums can be reduced. What is more, metal roofs and gutters can last up to 50 years with proper care and maintenance.
Metal roofs require inspection on a regular basis to ensure that it is in optimum condition and it has proper drainage. Plus, the gutters also need checked from time to time.
Blockages – Always make sure to remove any blockages that are in the gutter. Excessive debris can cause considerable damage. For instance, pine needles can create an acidic environment that speeds up deterioration. Clogged gutters are a fire hazard and can cause water to overflow. Excess water can cause damage to the landscape, attic, and basement or run down behind the fascia boards.
Cut back all Overhanging Branches – When there are overhanging branches there is a potential for damage. Overhanging branches can gouge and scratch roofing materials when they are blown by the wind. Falling branches from overhanging trees can puncture or damage the roof.
Fix All Gutter Vulnerabilities – After the gutters are clean and the major debris is removed, make sure to flush any sediment and remains down the gutter with a hose. Check for any cracks between seams and dents. Also adjust the gutters so water can run smoothly without any interference.
Patching Holes – Holes in the gutter and roof need to be repaired. Otherwise there can be considerable damage to your home and landscape. If you are patching the hole yourself, make sure to use the same type of metal as the roof or gutter. Or else the patch can cause corrosion. If you are not familiar with fixing roof or gutter holes, it is best to hire a professional to do repairs.
Check Roof Ridges – Sand, dust and salt can collect under the roofs ridges. These abrasive materials can cause damage such as corrosion. For preventative measures, remove the ridging and clean the deposits. Next, remove any rust. Once it is cleaned, make sure to prime the area to protect it from the elements. Replace the ridging and all severely corrosive roof panels or ridging.
Look for Damage – When inspecting your roof, look for various flaws like loose screws and nails, dented sheets, buckling, tearing and corrosion. Have your metal roofs and gutters repaired as soon as possible.
Did you know that most roof repairing and reroofing costs could be avoided? It’s true, with regular roof maintenance and inspection. Doing this even saves house owners a considerable amount of money; money that is often lost due to negligence or an honest lack of time.
There is no doubt that the roof is the most important wall of your home, without it… you are considered ‘outside’. It protects you from heat, cold, wind and rain. So, if you are looking for some tips to make it last longer, and at the same time reduce the overall cost of up keeping your roof, then here are some helpful tips for you.
Roof Maintenance and Inspection Tips to Protect You and Your Home
Regular roof inspection is the most important part of the process – keeping your home safe, and dedicating ‘some’ time to it is the responsibility of homeowners and property managers. Not to worry, you’re not alone; there are roofing professionals to help. Thankfully, roof maintenance and inspection is a readily available service today that you can easily find, and the friendly folks at Johnson Roofing are good examples of roofing professionals that can inspect your roof for any damages.
When hiring such services, it’s good to know what exactly they’re doing on your roof. Asking that very question – “What does roof inspection and maintenance entail?” And, their answer ‘should’ give you a vote of confidence. Basically, a professional roofer will look at the overall appearance of your roof, from the inside and outside of your home. If they find any evidence of physical damage such as cracks and leaks, they will create a solution to repair these. Most roofing damage of this sort is common, and, expected as the years pass.
That is exactly why regular inspection is important, so when minor damages occur, you can repair these before they become ‘big’ problems later, especially if undiscovered for a long period of time. Another problem roofs face is moisture damage, and a roofing inspection will discover any. Some insurance policies require roofing inspection every few years; making them a requirement for homeowners whose roof comes under some kind of warranty or guarantee?
If you would like a consultation with a roofing professional, to learn more about generating an inspection report – a list of roof concerns that allow you to discover any problems or potential problems with your roof, then contact us at Johnson Roofing, we will be happy to help you with all your roofing needs.