´╗┐Weather Proofing Your Roof

As the seasons change the weather conditions bring new threats to the integrity of your roof. The heat in the summertime can cause cracks and fractures in the shingles or roof lining, leaving your home vulnerable to leaks at the next rainfall. The rainy season brings the potential for base materials to get waterlogged and begin to rot. The winter months bring snow and ice, causing loose shingles to flake off with the snow or roofs to give way under the enormous pressure of the storm.

In any season, your roof is at risk of being damaged by the weather elements. To prevent expensive repairs and costly roof replacements, there are a few steps you can take to ensure your roof is prepared for Mother Nature. Following a few simple steps to maintain your roof can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in roof repair down the road.

Shingles

Take a look at your roof and make sure you don’t have any missing or damaged shingles. Even if the shingle is still attached to the ceiling, it doesn’t mean it is adequately protecting your roof from weather damage. Shingles should be glued down to the materials, or new shingles, below it. You can purchase roof cement at a local hardware store that can be used to repair loose shingles. If you are missing shingle or have a shingle that is severely damaged, replace it right away.  Many home repair retail stores have roof shingles you can purchase to replace a missing or damaged shingle. However, they may not have the exact color that matches your roof, but you should be able to find a color close enough to match. It is a good idea to get a few extra shingles from a Roofing Brisbane Specialists if you have your roof replaced to keep in situations such as this.

Flashing

The flashing is the metal material used to bridge the gap between the roof materials and the roofline, chimney or other structure. Flashing must be secured to prevent water leaks and damage to the base material of your roof. If the flashing is loose, you can seal it with roof cement or caulking compound. The weather can cause flashing to bend, move or crack, and should be repaired until secure. Repairing flashing can often be challenging to ensure a good seal; you may need to hire a roofing contractor to make this repair. Typically, these repairs are minimal in price but can save you hundreds down the road in future repair costs.

Chimneys

The chimney can cause several problems along the roof line of a home. Many times the flashing separates between a fireplace and the roofline and, because of the shape of the chimney, can be cumbersome to repair. Any leaks or cracks in the flashing along the chimney line are likely to cause water damage, which can result in moldy wood base materials that require replacement. The chimney also attracts animal’s nests and plant debris, both of which can cause blockages or obstructions to the roof materials along its base.

Most roof maintenance is affordable and straightforward. Keeping your roof adequately maintained is the best strategy for preventing costly repairs.  Many homeowners find they can perform these simple roof maintenance tips on their own. However, some roofs may possess complicated structures or materials that require the help of a professional roof contractor. In most cases, the repair costs are minimal if the maintenance is performed routinely.