How to Extend The Life Of The Roof?
Roofing is important to the protection and integrity of a building and poor installation or maintenance can result in expensive damages. Even worse is neglect, and if you do not properly care for and maintain your roof, it will fall apart before its time. When it comes to getting the most from your roof, there are a few tips to remember when it comes to maintenance.
How to Extend The Life Of The Roof?
- Understand typical damage: It is a good idea to know what your system is made from and how it can be damaged. Damage occurs in all types of conditions so you need to know what you are looking for ahead of time. There are three main causes for any damage that you will come across during an inspection.
- Contractor error: Roofers that carelessly damage roofing during installation is more common than you think. There are two types of roofer damage you may find. Dynamic damage occurs when a roofer actively damages the roof such as dropping a tool that causes a puncture and static damage is caused by excessive pressure that causes damage below the roofing.
- Seasonal factors: Storms and freeze-thaw cycles can damage roofing directly or as a result of expansion and contraction cycles. Over time, without proper inspections and maintenance, weather can damage the interior and exterior of your roofing system.
- Wear and tear: Even though there are some durable roofing materials available today, eventually very roof succumbs to wear and tear.
- Inspections: Ideally, you need to be inspecting your roof at least once or twice a year so as to properly identify weak spots and potential damage. The earlier these problems are identified and fixed, the less dangerous and expensive the damage will be.
- Know your materials: Roofing emergencies can happen and you don’t want to find yourself without spare materials the day water comes gushing through your roof. Make sure you know how to repair the materials for your roofing system. Depending on the material, you should have the appropriate repair products on hand to use such as:
- Plastic roofing cement: this is most often required during wet weather. The chemicals in the cement allow the plastic roofing to adhere to a surface creating a quick seal to a damaged area.
- Self-adhering roofing tape: There are a number of tapes to choose from so do some research and get what fits best. Make sure you get one that has a decent shelf life because you will likely not use the whole roll at once.
- Duct tape: This can be helpful in a pinch so long as it is high-quality. Before application, make sure the surface is dry and remember that this fix is only temporary and the damage will need to be looked over by a professional first chance you get.
- Polyurethane caulk: This can only be sued when water leaks at penetration in the roof and is applied as a seal around the jack and the pipe.
- Avoid Common Mistakes: Knowing what materials are safe for your roofing system is the best way to avoid mistakes and damage. One of the most common errors made is with seals. Many people overheat the seas or patch which creates a bigger problem as too much heat disrupts the integrity of the roofing membrane.
Knowing your roofing system, performing regular inspections and maintenance can help you avoid serious and expensive repairs or damage. While roofing materials will naturally wear with time, you can get the most from your roof be understanding what it is made from and what it needs. The more you know about your roof, the longer it will last, and the better your building will be protected.