Considering the functions your roof performs, any roof repair or service task should be tagged as urgent on your to-do list. By taking care of your roofing system and planning ahead, you essentially help avoid the inconveniences of emergency repairs. So, put in a little time and care with the following maintenance tips, and you may potentially save yourself substantial expense, time and headache later.
How Attics Help Roof Repair
Your roof needs an efficient attic system to perform its best. Excessive heat and moisture in the attic can compromise timber, shingles and other roofing materials. Ensuring your attic is sealed, well insulated and adequately ventilated helps your roof last longer.
Moreover, air sealing your attic with foam weatherstripping, caulk and expanding spray-foam keeps your living spaces more comfortable and your energy bills lower. During your next roof inspection this spring, ask your roofer if your attic has enough ventilation and insulation, and inspect for air leaks.
Take Care of Your Gutters
Like your attic, your gutters are a component of the roofing system that perform more than one critical function. By freely conveying water from the roof away from your home’s perimeter, your gutters preserve roofing materials, home structure and your home’s foundation.
When gutters are obstructed or leaky, water builds up and spills over the side or leaks through. Excessive water saturates the ground and works its way into the walls and spaces of your basement and/or crawlspace. To the point — cleaning your gutters each spring and fall helps prevent costly water damage to your roof, home and foundation.
Weather and Storm Watch
The Charleston, Myrtle Beach and Hilton Head regions are susceptible to powerful wind-driven storms any time of year. While you can’t control the severity of damage a storm may cause to your roof, keeping it in good shape helps minimize damage.
Further, ocean breezes carrying moisture and salt are formidable foes when it comes to preventing a roof repair or damage to your attic materials, which could include piping and your HVAC network. Schedule a professional preventive maintenance visit with your trusted roofing contractor to make small roof repairs, such as battening loose shingles and flashing, before they are exploited by the weather.
For superior roof repair, inspections and service, contact Tri County Roofing and Siding today. We’ve served homeowners from Charleston to Myrtle Beach for generations, and plan to be around many decades more.