To prolong the life of your roof and ensure water doesn’t leak through, your home’s roof should be inspected twice a year. Once in late spring, and once during the autumn. Below is an autumn season roof maintenance checklist.
Trim the Trees
Dead tree limbs can fall on your roof and cause damage, especially when it’s raining or snowing. Trees that are leaning towards your house could also fall on your roof or allow squirrels and raccoons to pay your roof a visit. Twigs, leaves, and other debris can cause rotting, gutter blockage, termite invasion, and roof damage. If you want to avoid these problems, remove overhanging branches and ensure that trees aren’t leaning towards your home.
Check and clean the gutters. One of the best ways to prepare for the cold season is to clean your gutters and ensure they’re well-anchored. This allows rainwater and thawed snow to flow properly off your roofline, avoiding leaks and water damage to your home. So remove leaves and other debris from the gutters regularly throughout the fall. In addition to this, install gutter guards – these ward off any debris that would invade your gutters.
In some situations, water from overflowing gutters can pool around the base of the home and damage the foundation. For example, the heavily saturated soil puts pressure against foundation walls, which can cause them to crack. Pooling water from blocked gutters can also cause the foundation to settle, and that may trigger a chain reaction throughout the home, cracking walls and creating uneven floors.
No one wants to spend a fine autumn afternoon scooping muck, gunk, and leaves from the gutters. It’s a time-consuming task—and it can be dangerous if you’re not careful. Seal out debris but allow water to flow through gutters. The result is maintenance-free gutters that won’t cause leaks, back-ups, and other headaches.
Check the roof flashings. They are these cover gaps near vents and chimneys, and can be dislocated during a storm. Replace faulty flashing pieces. If you have an asphalt roof, replace shingles that have bare spots, are warping, or are curling at the edges. If you own a wooden shake roof, look for signs of warping. If at least 25 percent of your wood shingles are damaged, replace the roofing material. If you have a metal roof, look for signs of pitting, corrosion or gapping seams as these can lead to leaks or underlay damage.
For more information on roof maintenance during autumn, consult Johnson Roofing. We pride ourselves on being a highly professional Auckland roofing company. We cater for both residential and commercial roofing projects and really embody the no job too big or too small mind-set. Our focus on delivering quality is what has kept us in business for the last decade and our ever expanding list of testimonials pays tribute to that. Focusing on quality means we only use the highest grade NZ Steel roofing products; giving our customers the peace of mind that their roof is built to last and will be covered by a full manufacturer’s warranty.
Sometimes a factory roof can naturally reach the end of its useful life without experiencing a roof failure. It just looks old and worn, and you are doing preventive maintenance on your home. If replacing an old factory roof is delayed, however, it could result in bigger problems down the road. So watch for the warning signs to be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add the reroofing project to your to do list. Below are factory roof leaking issues that tell you need to re-roof.
Factory Roof Caused Stained Ceiling or Walls
Whether you have ceiling tiles or other types of ceiling systems in your facility, extended exposure to water will create a discoloured area of your ceiling. If the leak is near a wall, the water stains could run down the corresponding wall, if this is the case, there could also be water damage within the wall.
Factory Roof Has Odour or Mould
A foul smell in your facility could be a red flag for hidden mould. Mould grows in moist environments, so if water is constantly entering your building, there is a high chance that mould could grow and spread. A mould problem in your commercial facility should not be taken lightly as it could cause illness.
Factory Roof Has Dark Streaks
Airborne algae cause dark streaks on roof decks. While this may not necessarily harm the roof shingles, it may not look good. Algae streaks can be removed using a 50:50 blend of water and bleach sprayed on your roof. It is important to use a low volume garden hose so you do not knock the protective granules off your shingles. It is also important that you protect your landscaping from the bleach run-off.
Factory Roof Has Moss Overgrowth
Moss can grow on roof surfaces that don’t get much sunlight, especially in cool, moist climates. Moss growth can be more than a cosmetic issue. Moss holds moisture against the roof surface and overtime in freezing climates can cause damage to the granules on the top of the shingles. Moss can be brushed off but it won’t prevent it from growing again; take care not to damage the shingle surface. You may need to contact a professional roofing contractor.
Johnson Roofing might be your best option for your roofing needs. If you got more questions about them, just contact us at Johnson Roofing. When it comes to roofing materials and needs, we got you covered.