The most important part of the physical structure of your
house is your roof. This part of the house is exposed to
high winds, pouring rain, sleet and snow and therefore
most susceptible to damage. The roof of your house should
be inspected after every winter to assess roof damage.
Making this a habit will save you sudden unexpected
expenses, that can arise from repairs that are need to
repair a damaged roof. A well-maintained roof is the best
protection that you can give the physical structure of
Asphalt roofs are intended to last only for about 15
years. Roofs made of slate, clay and tile can last for
longer only when well maintained. Experts have found that
most owners do not inspect their roofs regularly. Here are
a few things that you should remember while inspecting
your roof for damages:
if there any trees growing close to the roof. Trees can
cause enormous amount of damage to the roof. Branches of
trees that hang over the roof can break, puncture and
damage the roofing material. Leaves can block the gutter
system on the roof, allowing rainwater to collect and this
can cause leaks in the attic. Keep the trees close to the
roof trimmed at all times.
for black streaks or discoloration on the roof. This
discoloration is a result of mold, algae or fungus
growing. This is especially a problem when the humidity is
high and on roofs that are in the shade for a long time.
If the roof is not treated it can result in damage to the
roofing material causing leaks in the house. Trim trees to
increase air circulation and install zinc strips along the
roof ridges. These strips form zinc oxide when they react
with rainwater, which forms a protective coating, which
prevents the growth of mold, fungus etc.
a period of time roofing material can get torn off or can
get weak. This weak roofing material can get blown off by
strong winds, thus making the home interiors vulnerable to
water damage. While inspecting if you find that the roof
is damaged then repair it immediately, as it will only get
worse with time.
You can fix a number of these problems on your own. But it
is advisable to use a professional roofing contractor to
do the repair. Make inspection of the roof a regular