When it comes to roofs, there is no secret to longevity; preventive maintenance is the number one thing you can do to prolong your roof’s lifespan. Having your roof inspected on a regular basis allows you to discover signs of damage early and to address them before they become bigger headaches.
Here are the top problem areas of residential and commercial roofing systems:
1. Covering Materials
Blown-off shingles, cracked tiles, broken metal panels, split wood shakes or missing slates always require urgent attention. Being on the surface, any primary material needs to be in good shape or else the roof deck underneath will be vulnerable to the elements.
These pieces of metal are in charge of waterproofing the most vulnerable areas of the roofing system. They cover valleys, places where two roof slopes meet, and they help seal penetrations. When flashing is damaged, a leak is imminent.
3. Fascia Boards
The fascia is the vertical piece of material nailed to the roof edge, which acts as a trim. In addition to providing a finishing look, fascia boards help waterproof the rafters and provide a foundation for gutters. They must be inspected regularly; any unaddressed damage to them can compromise the structural integrity of your roof.
These pieces of material cover the overhanging sections of roof edges. They usually come with holes to allow drafts to enter and to ventilate the attic or the roof. As with fascia boards, soffits need regular TLC to function properly and reliably.
Regular gutter and downspout cleaning are critical because any blockage could result in a leak. Aiding in a roof’s drainage, gutters are prone to debris buildup, especially when there are tall trees hanging over them.
You should have your roof professionally evaluated by a trusted roofing contractor every three to five years. The older it gets, the more frequently it will need to be inspected. Call us at (888) 919-8539 today to set up an inspection in San Rafael, Petaluma or San Francisco, CA, and get a free estimate.