One of the most common and costly issues homeowners deal with when it comes to their roof is water leaks. Leaks, no matter how big or small, can lead to major damage for your roof and home. While there are steps you can take to fix and restore roof leaks, it’s best to take preventative measures beforehand in an effort to avoid the damage altogether.
Here are a few ways we recommend preventing leaks in your roof:
Perform A Roof Inspection
Roof inspections are the best way to gage the condition of your roof. Whether you do it personally or professionally, inspecting your roof can help you find problem areas that may need extra attention. Look for any cracks that could prohibit water flowing from off your roof. If your home has a chimney, check around it and make sure it’s properly sealed. Skylights and plumbing vents are also good places to check.
Consider Installing a Drip Edge
Drip edges help direct water away from your roof. A common leak source is the eaves of your roof which can trap water and cause the wood to rot. A drip edge creates a clean cut water flow while also keeping out insects, critters, snakes, and debris which could potentially get stuck.
Check Your Attic
Sometimes the root of your leak problem can be traced to the attic. Inspect your attic and look at the ventilation, plumbing, and vent fans to make sure they are each functioning properly. If something isn’t working, mold and water could be wreaking havoc as a result.
Clean Your Gutters
Gutters are put in place to help direct and drain water from your roof, and should be kept clean and clear of any debris that could cause blockage. For tips on how to clean your gutters click here.
This list of basic steps should help get you started in taking measures to prevent roof leaks. If you wish to seek professional assistance or have any questions concerning the quality or condition of your roof, call Jerry Wilson’s Roofing at 850-763-7999