Regular maintenance of your roof will save a considerable amount of time and money in the long run. Routine roof inspections can catch potential problems before they occur. Proper maintenance and roof repair can ensure the longevity of your roof.
The absolute worst thing you can do if you think you have a leak in your roof is to ignore it. If you suspect that your roof has a leak, it is really important to have it looked at by an experienced roofing contractor as quickly as possible to prevent the leak from getting worse. Doing so will prevent serious water damage and more costly repairs – both inside and outside your home. If roof leaks are not repaired they may result in rotting of roof decking, sheet rock damage, and mold. If this happens, everything will need to be replaced, resulting in a much more costly repair.
Help Minimize Roof Leak Damage
You should have your roof inspected once or twice a year by a qualified roofing expert. Of course, in Ohio some roofs may require additional heat/weather maintenance and should have a maintenance inspection timetable. You can also help prevent damage by keeping drainage gutters free of debris, trimming trees away from your roof, minimizing roof traffic, and inspecting your attic for signs of animal damage or leaks.
Why Your Roof May Be Leaking
There are several different factors that can play a part in roof leaks that will require repair:
- Improper roofing installation
- Malfunctioning flashings or roof flashings
- Inadequately installed shingles
- Hail damage
- Storm damage
- Gutters that don’t drain correctly
- Animal damage
- Tree damage
- Skylight or turbine leaks
- Wind damage