Excess moisture on your roof is not a good thing. Sitting water after a rain shower and an ice dam buildup during heavy snows often mean you have issues with your roof. Unless they’re addressed immediately and by professionals, you’re only setting yourself up for more leaks, damage and a very costly repair.
To avoid paying more than what you can afford, consider these useful tips in preventing water damage on your roof.
1. Fix Pooling Surfaces
Having pools of water standing on your roof after it rains means you may have a big problem on your hands. Pooling is an unfortunate circumstance that leaves your roof vulnerable to rot, which then causes all kinds of issues besides water leaks. While flat and low-sloped roofs are more prone to this problem, it can also happen to steep-pitched surfaces. If you see standing water on your roof, call a roofing company, and have it fixed immediately.
2. Have Your Flashing Thoroughly Inspected
Any place where there are openings or joints in your roof can be potentially infiltrated by leaks down the line. Some of these punctures are unavoidable since your roof’s vents, chimney and pipes need somewhere to go. Having skylights or solar panels also adds more possible entry points for leaks; your installer most likely made punctures in your roof to install them.
Fortunately, there are professional roofers who know how to protect these joints, and they do so by adding flexible metal called flashing around joints and openings. However, if your flashing becomes rusted or bent, or loses its seal, it can expose your home to leaks. Have your flashing checked by your trusted roofer to ensure it’s installed properly and working as well as it should be.
3. Replace Missing Shingles
Bent, cracked and missing shingles all provide an opportunity for leaks. You might be able to repair a missing shingle or two by yourself if you’re a handy person and can walk on your roof just fine. But replacing missing shingles is actually more complicated than it sounds, and, if there’s a noticeable area on your roof that has missing shingles, you’re better off hiring a professional to do the job instead.
With Roof Masters, you can be confident that your project is in the capable hands of the best roofing company in the area. You can reach us by calling (813) 542-8462 or by filling out our convenient online contact form. We serve Rockville and surrounding areas, so talk to us today!