The roof over your home protects its interior, and you and your family from the weather and sun's heat, and should be checked often and maintained for repairs to keep it sound. Any small leak within your roof can grow larger and cause damage to the interior of your home and lead to mold growth. Here are two tips to help you check to maintain and make repairs to your roof and gutter system:
Check and Repair Shingle Damage
It is important to check the shingles of your roof periodically, especially after heavy winds or extreme storms. Safely get up on your roof with a ladder and wearing shoes with durable traction to inspect the roof. You may be able to see your roof top from the ground, but it can be difficult to determine if there is any damaged or missing shingles.
Look for any shingles that are cracked, torn, or missing and remove each damaged shingle portion from your roof. To complete this you will need to use a pry bar to lift up the shingle directly above the damaged one to release the nails anchoring it. If you have extra shingles stored at your home, slip one of these into the vacant spot and reattach it using new roofing anchors. If you don't have extra shingles, you can buy a box of replacement shingles that match or closely match your original shingles. If you don't have the tools or the time, you can also hire a professional roofer to make the repairs.
Monitor and Correct Gutter Drainage
Along with checking the surface of your roof for the condition of its shingles, your roof also needs to have a drainage system that works well. As water drains from your roof, the gutter system needs to collect and divert water off and away from your home and its foundation. Otherwise, a roof that drips directly onto the soil around your home's foundation can lead to moisture problems within your foundation and basement.
Inspect the gutter for any sagging, holes, or cracks along its length, and check its function during a rain storm, if possible. This will let you see the gutter in action to make sure there are no leaks or drips from its perimeter around your roof. If you cannot check it during wet weather, you can create a faux-rain storm by pulling your garden hose onto the roof top and turning it on to see how the gutters work. Be careful while you safely get up on your roof and take care not to slip on its wet surface.
If you find any holes, cracks, or sagging in your roof gutter, you can patch and repair the gutter with an aluminum or vinyl patch cut from an extra piece of matching gutter length and adhere it onto the inside of the gutter with roofing cement. You can also hire a roofing professional to repair your gutters or update them for a completely new system.
Contact a local re roofing company for more information and assistance.