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How to Avoid Common Roofing Problems

Roofs, one of the most critical components of any building, require proper maintenance to ensure the safety of the occupants. Unfortunately, roofing problems can occur at any time, leading to costly repairs and even replacement. As such, being aware of the common roofing problems and how to avoid them is essential.

Keep reading to find out how to keep your roof at the top of its game! 

Common Roofing Issues

Leaks and water damage, flashing problems, structural issues, shingle damage, and poor installation are some common roofing issues. There are several reasons for these problems, including age and weathering, lack of maintenance, storm damage, and environmental factors. 

Periodic Roof Inspection

A periodic roof inspection involves a quick look at your roof and checking for basic damages. It is a good idea to have regular inspections at least twice a year, ideally during the spring and fall seasons. You can check for visible cracks, damaged shingles, curved edges, and the like. Identifying any problems beforehand will also help you avoid any replacement costs down the line. 

Trim Overhanging Branches

Overhanging branches can pose a threat to your roof, especially with storms or other disasters. Keeping your trees properly trimmed can eliminate the chances of this problem. Likewise, it’s also advisable to keep your roof clutter-free by allowing it to dry correctly and clear the gutters to ensure proper water flow.

Adequate Ventilation

Proper ventilation and airflow ensure no moisture gets locked on your roofs, reducing the chances of mold growth and, consequently, roof damage. This can be done by ensuring that the vents work without any obstruction and installing an additional ventilation system, if necessary.

Keep the Gutters Clean

When gutters are blocked by debris, leaves, and other materials, water can accumulate, leading to leaks and damage. You can easily avoid this by ensuring proper water drainage.

Professional Maintenance

While it’s possible to clean your roof or get adequate maintenance done on your own, it’s always better to seek professional help. Roofing professionals have expertise in identifying potential issues, providing necessary repairs and maintenance, and conducting thorough inspections. Consider scheduling annual or bi-annual professional maintenance to ensure your roof’s lifespan. 

Address Moss and Algae Growth

Though moss and algae seem harmless, they can significantly affect your roof by trapping moisture, thus leading to the development of mold and the damage of shingles. Fortunately, there are several cleaning solutions and treatments for algae growth to prevent further growth and the consequent damage.

Taking care of your roof is quintessential for the longevity of your home. If you require professionals to look at your roof, look no further than Braswell Construction Group! We offer both commercial and residential services for all your roofing needs. Contact us today to book your appointment!

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