Roof Maintenance Tips For Summer
In order to maintain your roof, there have to be regular inspections. Seasonal or yearly checkups will lengthen the life of your roofing materials, preventing leaks that lead to damage, costly repairs, and horrors the necessity for a complete roof replacement.
We decided to put together a quick list of roof maintenance tips that will alert you to any problems and help extend the life of your roof. Roofs are designed to weather (literally) all kinds of storms, but there is going to be some wear and tear. So be sure your roof is ready for the next big storm by following these helpful tips on roof protection.
Summertime is right around the corner, and that means warm weather, family trips, vacations, and backyard barbecues, among many other things. In addition to the warmer weather and blue skies that most of us dream of, we can also expect the usual summer showers that inevitably pop up during the warmer months of the year. Despite the heat, summertime is one of the best times of year to get outside and take care of any roofing issues that might have developed over the winter and spring, or just take care of issues that you’ve been putting off. Summer brings with it warmer weather, and the rush of homeowners seeking roofing service during the spring has died off somewhat, making it easier to schedule service. Your roof is one of the most important surfaces on your home, which makes it extremely important to take care of it and ensure that it’s well maintained. Top Glaze has the best range of services if you’re looking for Melbourne roof repairs.
Clean Your Gutters & Drains
The gutters and drains on your home serve a very important function to the safety of your home overall and right now is the perfect time to get up there and make sure they are cleaned out and in good condition. Your gutters and drains help to keep rainwater from pooling up on your roof with nowhere to go and ensure that it’s channelled away from the base of your home, where it can cause serious structural damage if it manages to seep into your home’s foundation. There is any number of different things that can clog up your gutters, including leaves, bird’s nests, and a number of additional items. If these are able to clog up your gutters and cause water to pool on your roof, you could be facing serious water damage in a remarkably short period of time. Take the time this summer to get up there and clean them out of any lingering debris or hire a professional to come out and do so. Keeping your gutters and drains in good shape is an investment in the safety and security of your home.
Check For Roofing Damage
Typically, if your home has suffered any kind of damage over the previous winter, spring is when you are going to notice it. However, there are some kinds of roofing damage that aren’t readily apparent until they have already caused enough damage for you to notice on the inside of your home. Because this is always a possibility, you are going to want to take the time before the summer hits and get on your roof to look for any signs of damage that might be hiding up there. If you aren’t sure what to look for, you can always call in a professional to do the inspection for you. During the course of this inspection, you can be on the lookout for any smaller signs of damage that might not be much now but could potentially develop into something more serious given time. Take a look at our range of roof repairs Melbourne.
Inspect Your Ventilation
Your attic’s ventilation plays a fairly significant role or keeping your roof in good condition. If you notice that your cooling bills seem to keep going up, especially compared to what they cost you last year, it might be worth your time to call in a professional and have them take a look at your attic’s ventilation system. This is also a good time to inspect your insulation and make sure that everything is in order. Keeping your insulation and your ventilation system in good working condition can save you a great deal of money on your cooling costs this summer.
Top Roofing Tips to Remember
1. Homebuyer’s beware. A great time to start with any roof assessment is before your closing date. Getting a professional roof inspection before that future home is officially yours will save you a lot of time and costly repairs down the road, which can also be a plus if and when you decide to sell your new home.
2. Trim troublesome trees. When admiring your home and surrounding landscape, it’s important not to overlook leaning branches seeking companionship with your roof as they can scratch and gouge your roof materials. To prevent damaging or puncturing your shingles, simply trim back and remove any branches getting too close to your roof.
3. Gutter cleaning removal of leaves clean leaves and other debris. In addition to bothersome branches, leaves and other elements can clog your gutter system and cause water to back up into the attic, living areas or behind the fascia boards. To ensure your drainage system is free-flowing, it’s recommended that you clean your roof at least twice per year. Also, be on the lookout for sagging gutters or damaged drain components and repair or replace them as needed.
4. Ensure the roof is built to breathe. Without proper ventilation, heat and moisture can cause sheathing and rafting to rot, roof materials to buckle and insulation to lose effectiveness. This will cause your overall roofing system to be ineffective.
5. Include insulation. The best way to achieve appropriate ventilation and good airflow is through proper insulation. To protect a house from heat gain or loss, it’s ideal for including a gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor and a vapour retarder under the insulation next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising into the attic. Having open, vented spaces that allow air to pass freely with at least one inch between the insulation and roof sheathing is also ideal.
6. Check for attic aftermath. In addition to having a well-insulated attic, it’s a good idea to check for water stains and weak shingles after a heavy storm.
7. Safeguard against streaking. Make sure to pay close attention to the colour of your roof. Roof areas, generally the northern part, exposed to shade during long periods of time in humidity will eventually become streaked with mould, algae or even fungus. And if left unchecked, it will eventually deteriorate the roofing material shortening the life of the roof, which could lead to leaks and other signs of trouble.
To cut the mould situation completely, it’s a great idea to install zinc strips, like Shingle Shield Roof Protector strips, along the ridge of the roof. They are precision-engineered to provide environmentally safe (EPA approved), long-term (average home 20 years) roof protection from fungus, moss, mildew, or algae attack.
8. Damaged shingles on residential proof check for signs of shingle damage. Being exposed to everyday wear and tear from various elements can cause shingles to become dilapidated and get torn off, making a roof structure and interior space vulnerable to water seepage and rot. Thus, it’s highly advisable for homeowners to examine roof coverings each year to ensure their integrity.
9. DIY roof repairers. Those bold enough to attempt roof repairs themselves need to bear in mind that it’s dangerous up there. It’s advisable to stay on a firmly braced ladder equipped with rubber safety feet when possible. If you do decide to walk on the roof, it’s best to wear rubber-soled shoes to prevent slipping.
10. Quality roofing quotes. When repairs go beyond a DIY project, you should make sure to do some homework before calling in the cavalry. It’s advisable to get at least two quotes so you can determine the best combination of quality and price. Think long-term and not cheap when choosing a roofing company, and it’ll save you a lot of repair costs down the road.
How Long Should a Roof Last?
Whether you’re a new homeowner or one who has lived in the same residency for years, there are some things you should know when it comes to the average life expectancy of your roof. Several factors affect its longevity, both increasing and decreasing its useful life. The good news is you can control some of these factors; the not-so-good news is you cannot control some of these factors. Two major factors affecting your roof’s lifespan are the type of roof shingles and the climate you live in. We have a wide range of Melbourne roof replacement services at Top Glaze.
Line drawing representing roof shingles type of shingle used on your roof plays a big role in how long you can expect it to maintain its useful life. Your roof can last anywhere from 10 years up to 100 years, depending on the type of shingle material. Although, roofs made to last 100 years are extremely pricey and very rare. Asphalt shingles are the most common roof shingle used for residential buildings. Depending on the type of asphalt shingle, your roof can last for approximately 20 to 40 years. So what exactly impacts the durability of roof shingles, you might ask? The answer could be your surrounding environment!
White line icon in a yellow circle — thermometer Mother nature can do some serious damage to your house’s roof. Heavy winds, frequent rainfall, and high humidity can reduce the useful life of your roof dramatically. Different climates impact roofs in various ways, and it is important to know how the type of environment you live in can impact your roof. For example, a homeowner in Florida will experience hot and humid temperatures that can decrease roof life, compared to a homeowner in a cold climate like Minnesota, where your roof will last longer. Knowing the climate you live in, and the maintenance needed in that specific climate will help you extend your roof life.
Line drawing of Thermal Shock coach climate zone has its own unique weather patterns. However, some are more threatening to the average roof life than others. Thermal shock can cause serious damage to your roof where temperature changes are so drastic in such a short period of time. Take Arizona or California, for example. These states are part of the hot-dry / mixed dry climate zones, wherein the daytime they can reach temperatures as high as 100° and then drop to 50° that same night. This fluctuation leads to stress, often creating cracks and fractures in your roof.
White line icon in a yellow circle — iciclesWater can seep into cracks, and if you live in a cold climate, you are in danger of facing the freeze-thaw cycle, where the water in the cracks freezes in the evening, melts during the daytime, and then freezes again in the evening. The more this cycle occurs, the larger the cracks become since water expands as it freezes. Who knew you would be getting a chemistry lesson too?
Have a Plan
White line icon in a yellow circle — x’s and o’s like a football planContinual roof maintenance is always essential when maximizing your roof’s useful life, but you should also have a plan in mind for when you will need to get your roof replaced. Twenty years is a long time, and if you are just starting a family, you should make a plan for when you will replace your existing roof. Otherwise, you could be left with hefty roofing charges and college tuition payments all at the same time – scary thought, huh? So now that you have gotten a chemistry and finance lesson with your information on the average roof life expectancy make a plan so that you are prepared for the unexpected.