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Home Roof Maintenance and Care Tips for Keeping Your Roof Healthy:
To minimize roof-related issues, as a professional roofing contractor we recommend you inspect your roof components at least once per year. Examine the roof covering and assure its integrity. Is the flashing working and preventing water seepage? Is your roof’s drainage system designed well and free of debris so it carries water away from your home effectively? Look in your attic area for warped rafters, water damage or other signs of trouble. 4 Guys & A Roof can assist with your roof analysis when in doubt and help you decide if a roof repair and roof replacement is needed.
ROOF MAINTENANCE TIP #1 - KEEP WATER OFF OF YOUR ROOF
In order to maintain the integrity of your roof we recommend at least twice per year clean leaves, small branches and other debris from gutters, downspouts and downspout extensions to assure water is properly moved away from your roof and your home. Look for sagging gutters or otherwise damaged drain components and repair or replace them as needed to keep your homes drainage system functioning properly.
ROOF MAINTENANCE TIP #2 - QUALITY MATERIALS ARE ESSENTIAL
With a roof, don’t be too cost conscience…it’s better to pay more for materials and quality workmanship. In the long-run, you’ll save money and have fewer headaches from water damage and associated long-term roof repair costs.
ROOF MAINTENANCE TIP #3 - PROPER VENTILATION WILL EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR ROOF
Ventilation is the most critical factors in roof durability. Without ventilation in your roof, heat and moisture can cause rafters and sheathing to rot, shingles to buckle, and insulation to lose energy efficiency and overall effectiveness. Attic ventilation also increases the roofing material life span, reduces energy consumption - which saves you money, and enhances the comfort level of the rooms below the attic throughout all the seasons.
ROOF MAINTENANCE TIP #4 - INSULATION IS ALSO KEY
Another key component in proper attic ventilation is insulation. The ideal attic has a gap-free layer of insulation on the attic floor to protect the rooms below from heat gain or loss, and a vapor retarder under the insulation and next to the ceiling to stop moisture from rising into the attic which can cause ice damming in the winter. It is also important to have a good amount of open, vented spaces to allow air to pass freely with at least one inch between the insulation and the roof sheathing.
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