The roof on your Atlanta home protects you, your family and valuables from nature’s elements 24/7. That is why it is important that you make sure that your roof is in good condition at all times.
Scheduling a bi-annual inspection of your roof are a must to implement preventive measures that can help you assess the condition of your roof and detect any budding roof problem in order to resolve it before it becomes a larger problem. Catching roof damage during its early stage will spare you the cost increased roof damamge that can prevent the need for an entire roof replacement.
Below are the list of roofs natural enemies and how they can cause real damage:
Sun: Smoldering heat and ultraviolet rays can cause your roof the crack, shrink and blister over time. The sun causes the membrane to shrink and the sub-layers to get exposed.
Rain: When water finds its way under your roofing material, the water can then seep to your roof deck and cause damage to the roof structure. This process over time will cause the roof to rot and promote growth of mildew and moss which can spread elsewhere in your Atlanta home; including insulation, ceilings, walls and electrical systems.
Wind: Strong gusts of wind can lift, tear and blow shingles off of your roof. Once shingles have been torn off, interior damage and structural rotting follows. Once you notice balding spots or missing shingles on your roof, immediately call an Atlanta roofing contractor for assistance to get the damage repaired or if necessary the roof replaced.
Snow and Ice: Melting snow and ice can form an ice dam on your roof. When the ice dam melts, it can cause leaks in the roofing material and ultimately damage ceilings, walls, insulation, roof structure. Make sure you cause a professional Atlanta roofing company to assist in the repair as they have the experience to handle traversing a roof in these conditions and you risk injury if you try to do it yourself.
Condensation: This occures with build-up of warm, moisture-laden air. When moisture finds its way into a poorly ventilated attic, wood decay on sheathing and rafters is imminent. In the long term it can cause damage to the roof structure. Moisture can be prevented by installing larger vents or adding more vents in your attic. Vents keep the attic air temperature cooler than the temperature outside.
Trees and Leaves: Overhanging tree branches when blown by wind can scratch, gouge your roof and leave the surface membrane exposed. Fallen tree branches can puncture the roofing material. Leaves can also damage your roof by retaining moisture that may lead to rotting and cause blockage to the gutters and downspouts.
Missing or Torn Shingles: If your roof uses this material, it is the top most layer of your roof that protects you from sun, wind, rain hail, snow and other elements of nature. If shingles are torn off and the underlying membrane is exposed, nearby shingles can get blown off by the wind or water can seep in causing increased damage to the interior of your house. Missing or torn shingles should be repaired or replaced immediately upon detection.
Flashing Damage: If the flashing around the vents, chimneys, skylights and other roof and wall junctions are not securely mounted, it puts your roof at risk of water damage. If left unrepaired it can even result in damage to walls, ceilings, th electrical system and insulation. Inspection of flashing should always be a part of your bi-annual roof maintenance.