Summer is almost over but Auckland and the rest of the country will still enjoy abundant sunshine in the coming months. This means you have an ample amount of time to inspect, repair, or update your roof. Whether you’ve owned your house for a while or just moved, you can greatly benefit from keeping roof repair and maintenance top of mind. You don’t want to worry yourself with these tasks in springtime when the weather can go berserk anytime.
Unlike house cleaning or car tune-up, however, roof inspection and maintenance isn’t a simple chore that any inexperienced households can pull off. It requires the expertise of a well-trained and highly experienced roofing company like GMZ Roofing. Rather than risk doing more harm than good to your roof, it’s better to put your roof in the hands of a company that knows what issues to look for, how to fix them, and where to get the best materials when repair or replacement becomes necessary.
Then again, while a roofer can help fix existing problems with your roof, they can only do so much. As to how your roof can last before you need professional help again, that part is all on you. Here are some roof maintenance tips that can help prolong the life of your roofing system.
Free Your Roof from Organic Debris
Roofs may be tough but they are not indestructible. Like other parts of your house that need regular cleaning to slow down deterioration, your roof needs regular cleaning, too, for the same reason. When you go up there, you’ll realise that ground dirt and dust are the least of your concern. The ones that really pose a threat to the health of your roof are leaves, twigs, and other organic debris. As they decay, they produce substances that might be harsh for the roofing material, or worse fungi and other destructive microorganisms may arise from them, spread across the roof, and cause even more serious problems. They can also get caught in the gutter and block the path of runoff.
Prune Troublesome Trees
To avoid problems with dead leaves and twigs, why not cut the source? Rarely can leaves and twigs from the neighbours get blown off and land on your roof. Most of them come from the trees and bushes around your own house, particularly from overhanging branches. Trim your trees so that no branches will touch or lie over your roof. Not only do these overhanging branches dump dead leaves and twigs on your roof but they can also land destructive blows when tottered by strong wind.
Your roof can get too hot during the day, especially in summer, and too cold during the night, especially in winter. Either circumstance, if neglected, can leave a trail of damage that could render your roof dysfunctional. For instance, moisture can develop on the decking’s underside, which could easily turn into a breeding ground for microorganisms. During winter, heat from the inside of your house may melt the ice build-up on the exterior surface of your roof and create an ice dam, which is notorious for causing severe water damage on the roof and in the attic. Installing a ventilation system can inhibit these problems.
While ventilation regulates the temperature by maintaining sufficient airflow underneath the roof, insulation keeps temperature from being transferred from and into the house. Specifically, it has two important jobs—to maintain your home’s energy efficiency by preventing heat gain/loss and to stop moisture from rising into the attic. It is the element that keeps your home comfortable during summer, winter, or a bad weather.
Fix Broken or Missing Shingles Immediately
Sandwiched by two seas, Auckland enjoys a fair share of high wind coming from every direction. This wind may range from mild to strong, and sometimes strong enough to blow off roof shingles. Especially during a storm, and your roof is poorly installed and maintained, expect to see pieces of shingles lying on your yard the following day. That could mean a great deal of trouble for your home. Before the next rain falls, you must have the damaged area of your roof patched or else you’ll have to deal with severe water damage.
Beware of Fungi and Algae
While fungi and algae may seem harmless, they are considered to be a serious problem or at least a sign of a serious problem when seen growing on rooftops. They may either indicate that there’s moisture build-up on the underside of the shingles or become the problem itself. These microorganisms grow where they have immediate food source. And if you’re curious as to how they feed, they actually consume decaying matters. They break them down by releasing some kind of enzyme. This enzyme may end up affecting your roof, too, so it is highly advisable to clean off algae or fungi growing on the surface of your roof before they could spread.
Coat If It’s Wood or Metal
Those who want a home that looks rustic and natural opt for wood shakes, while those who like a little bit of modern touch on their rooftop go with metal. Whichever of these choices you prefer, you should never forget to coat them after installation. The coating isn’t just for aesthetics but for the protection of your roof from the elements as well. Wood shakes especially need coating because they are an easy target for insects and wild animals. Coating metal roofing, on the other hand, both prevents rusting and makes the roof look hip or at least matching to the home’s overall architecture.
All of these tips can only do so much to stretch out the life of your roof. Soon you will encounter issues that you can no longer handle on your own. That’s the time you should call in a roofer to help you out. They can conduct a thorough inspection of your roof and tell you the best course of action.
You may think that hiring a professional roofer isn’t a practical choice, considering how much it could cost compared to DIY. However, if you look at how many years you can add to the life of your roof without every worrying out repair and replacement, it sure is worth it. Does insurance cover roof repair, you may ask. Check your coverage to identify cases in which insurance can be used. Overall, the benefits of having a professional check and fix your roof is too staggering to ignore.