How your Roof Works and why it’s Important
As the summer months fade into fall, sunshine turns to rain and wind. If you haven’t kept your roof maintenance up to date, you could end up with a big problem — a leak. In some cases, you’ll notice a leak right away. After all, it’s hard to avoid the steady drip of water coming from the ceiling. However, in other cases, a leaky roof may be more insidious. Water damage can cause major problems, to the point where you may need to repair substantial portions of your home. Over the next few blog posts, we’re going to look at how your roof works, why professional maintenance is important, and what you can do to prevent costly repairs.
In this first post we’ll give you a little insight into the two main types of roofs, how they differ, and the importance of a quality builder.
Steep Slope Roofs
Steep slope roofs are more common on single unit residential properties. When rain falls on a steep slope roof, it runs down the overlapping roofing material and into a drainage system, like a gutter or eaves trough. Typically, you’ll find the steep slope roofs to be made using asphalt or fiberglass shingles, concrete or clay tiles, sheet metal panels, or cedar shakes.
Low-slope roofs utilize drains to help remove water from the waterproof surface. These roofs must be water-tight; while rain may miss leaks on a steep slope roof, it has the chance to pool on a low-slope roof, causing it to seep into each and every crack. The waterproof membrane is typically made out of a cured liquid or pre-manufactured sheets which are joined together. You’ll most likely see low-slope roofs on buildings that contain several units, such as townhouses, and apartments.
Why your Roof Decays
Over time, your roof is exposed to all of the elements. Sun and rain, snow and hail, and wind and cold all contribute to breaking down your roof — no matter what material it’s made of. After a certain period of time, sections of your roof will start to break down. Once that happens, you run the risk of a leaky roof. In order to prevent this and the subsequent water damage, you’ll need to have proper roof maintenance done.
Hiring the Right Company
One of the best methods of leaky roof prevention is to hire the right company in the first place. You want a company that is willing to look at the conditions your home will face. For example, homes built in a desert will have to deal with extensive sunlight, and should use the correct materials. In the Pacific Northwest, rain pours throughout the winter months, and the right company will know what materials will work best under those conditions, and will be able to provide suggestions that’ll help your roof last as long as possible.
As always, the best medicine is preventative. Preventative roof maintenance will stop a leaky roof before it can cause damage, saving you a hefty bill in the process.
Be sure to check out our next post on the importance of having professional maintenance done on a consistent basis, and the money it can save you down the road.
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