Regular maintenance and ongoing care is crucial to the longevity of your roof. Failing to properly maintain your commercial or residential roof is a sure recipe for disaster. Knowing the condition of the roof and making prompt repairs can potentially save you a great deal of money in the long run. Homeowners and business owners should diligently look for signs of problems before a potentially small problem becomes a disastrous situation.
What is my role in roofing maintenance?
Keeping gutters and downspouts free of debris is essential to maintaining your roof. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety explains that while a roof is your “first line of defense from natural hazards such as wind, rain, fire, hail, ice, snow, and extreme heat,” the roof is also the most vulnerable part of any building.
You do not have to be a professional roofing contractor to look for basic problems such as signs of leaks. Look around the rooms inside your home or commercial building. Water stains or cracks in the ceiling are a sign of a leaky roof. The BBB points out that roof leaks can start out from a variety of causes. It is imperative for you to act quickly to repair a leaky roof before more serious damage occurs, such as “structural damage to the walls, floors and roof” if you fail to get repairs at the first sign of a leaky roof.
After any severe weather, inspect your roof, even if there may not initially seem to be any damage. Look for loose or missing shingles, downed tree limbs, accumulation of debris or other materials on the roof. Remove debris, replace damaged shingles and repair other damaged areas immediately. Remove as much snow as possible to prevent ice dams from occurring. Anything with the potential to hold moisture can damage your roof. Do not remove already-formed ice, as this may cause damage.
How do I find a reliable roofing contractor?
If you do not feel comfortable maintaining or inspecting your roof, hire a reputable roofing contractor. A licensed contractor with a strong reputation in your community can help you maintain your residential or commercial roof as well as make repairs. Never let a door-to-door roofing contractor do the work. Roofing scams are on the rise. An example is the eight roofers who committed scams in 11 states, defrauding homeowners out of millions of dollars, according to court records. Check reputation and references before hiring any roofing contractor to inspect, maintain or repair the roof of your home or business.
SOURCES Used: https://disastersafety.org/ibhs-news-releases/protection-from-the-top-the-importance-of-commercial-roof-cover-maintenance-and-repair-3/