by Ryan Sussman on Oct 19, 2015
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”- Donna Sussman (my mother) *one of many anecdotes for living life right.
The roof on my home is not new….But it is also not old….What kind of things can I do to assure that I have the best possibility of a leak-proof roof over our heads for the longest possible life of my roof?
Type of Maintenance that can be done at low cost AND extend the life of your home’s cover:
1. Trim back overhanging limbs/trees to avoid collection of debris
This debris can cause the shingles to degrade or force water to flow in a direction that the roof is not designed to repel. The roof is designed for specific water flow direction – when the water flows the other way, to roof may fail.
2. Have the flashing (edges) and boots (rubber materials around vents) re-sealed
Flashings are typically fabricated from sheet metal, tucked underneath shingles, and affixed with a caulk or epoxy to assure that it does not move. Vent boots are a rubber material that is affixed with caulk or epoxy. However, the caulk and/or epoxy is subject to severe weather and can degrade over time. Removing this caulk/epoxy and replacing it is the best way to assure that this will not cause a leak.
3. Keep gutters clear of debris
Gutters are designed to remove water from the roof in a directed path. If the gutters have debris that prevents the easy-flow of water, the water WILL find another path – This path could be against the design of the roof (as noted above regarding roof debris).
4. Inspect It
Many roofing companies will inspect your roof free of charge – or for a nominal fee that they will credit to any repairs that may follow the inspection.
Contact Us Today – We will be happy to give you the names of Qualified, Licensed, Bonded, and FULLY Insured Roofing Professionals in South Carolina to assist you in maintaining your Home investment.
I liked your advice to trim back overhanging limbs so that my trees won’t collect debris. I’m pretty sure that they need to be trimmed right now, but I’m not sure what I should focus on cutting away from my trees. Now I’ll be sure to cut away any overhanging limbs to make sure that they’ll stay healthy.
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