The best way to prevent your roof from leaking is to purchase quality roofing materials from a reputable builder’s supply company. To get the most out of your warranty, your contractor is going to need to guarantee your roof is safeguarded against leaks. This post is going to go over the seven ways your roofing contractor can prevent leaky roofs and keep warranty protection. Keep reading to find out more about how you can hinder roofing leaks in your home, be sure your roofing contractor does the following:
Installation of Waterproofing Barriers
Prevent leaks by having your contractor install waterproofing barriers for roofs at your eaves, vents, chimneys, skylights, and other areas likely to leak. As the name suggests, waterproofing barriers stop water from seeping through your roof and causing water damage, and the growth of mold, and mildew.
Installation of Pre-Fabricated Flashing
Prevent roofing leaks by having your contractor install pre-fab flashing along every roof opening, like chimneys, casements, and skylights. Roofing flashing is specifically made to direct the flow of water away from weak points in your roof.
Installation of Roof Underlayment
Have your roofing contractor install underlayment to aid in laying shingles flat. Otherwise, water can get underneath the curling shingles. An underlayment is also going to protect your shingles from getting damaged by wind-powered rain.
When was the last time you had the humidity measured the or temperatures in your attic? You might be astonished by the amount of heated air escapes from rooms on your 1st and 2nd floors. Because heat rises, you are going to need to be sure it is not going to get caught in your attic.
Make sure your contractor ventilates your attic to lower temperature and humidity levels. Residential shingle roofs are going to leak if the attic is not appropriately ventilated. The hotter and more humid the attic is, it’s more possible you are going find mold and mildew.
Install Hip and Ridge Cap Shingles
Safeguard your roof from damage by the wind by having your contractor install hip and ridge cap shingles. The additional benefit of installing these kinds of roofing shingles is that they additionally add eye catching curb appeal to your home. So why not both?
Having your contractor inspect your skylights to be sure there’s no water coming in from the edges of them. Because of the way they are constructed, skylights have a history of letting water into homes. When your roofing contractor installs your new roof, it’s a good idea to have them replace your skylights (if needed) at the same time. The current skylight models come with better energy ratings and are going to save you money in the future.
Stay Away from Competing Warranties
Have your contractor install roofing products from the same building supply store to stop any opposing warranties between various kinds of roofing products. The last thing homeowners want is to have two warranties opposing each other when there is a repair that is required to be done. Timeliness is essential when having a leak repaired, which is the reason you don’t want to waste time having two conflicting companies accusing each other for who needs to pay pay.
At the end of the day, preventing roofing leaks is less costly than having to pay to get it repaired. For the best outcome following a home roofing installation, make sure you ask your roofing contractor how to prevent leaks from happening before they start.
Below Is What You Can Do as A Homeowner:
Clean and Maintain Your Gutter System
Your gutters and drainpipes are very vital parts of your house and its roof system and play an integral role in stopping damage from water and roof leaks.
They need to be a part of your routing roof maintenance and inspection plan and be cleaned out at a minimum of 2 times a year. They are the ones that enable adequate roof drainage and that directs the water away from your roof and your house.
Gutters get clogged by dirt, debris, leaves and/or pine needles, and any other outdoor refuse that falls into them. This happens more often when there are trees and bushes close to your home, so you should make a habit of inspecting your gutters every now and them and schedule a professional yearly cleaning to optimize their longevity.
After gutters get clogged, they cannot direct the water down and off your roof, but the water could pool or possibly back up under your shingles and into your home’s walls and ceilings, creating leaks and damage from water.
Consequently, it is vital to keep your gutter system clean so that the water is able to drain properly, in addition to making sure that they are correctly fastened and secured your home’s exterior.
Maintaining your Trees and Branches
Large trees that hang over your roof, in addition to trees and bushes that are too close to the house, could pose certain risks to the home and its roof.
They can create shaded and wet areas, they could damage your roof when they are too close to it, scratch the roofing materials, and possibly puncture it or the windows during storm and strong winds. Apart from that, there is going to be more debris buildup in the gutters, increasing the possibility of clogs.
All of this leads to roof leaks and damage from water, so to reduce those risks, be sure to trim (r have a landscaper do it) all the trees and bushes that are too close to the house, guaranteeing that there are no bulky branches hanging over your roof.
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