A roof is a major investment, so it’s smart to do whatever’s necessary to make sure it stays in good
shape. Regular Maintenance
Regular inspection and preventive maintenance will
keep small problems from becoming big ones. It’s smart to hire a roofing professional to check things out on a regular
basis, and do all the necessary maintenance.
If you decide to climb up there and check the roof yourself,
there are a number of problems to look out for:
- Standing Water – When water is ponding on a roof, it means
there is improper drainage, and water can begin to damage structures. It may be necessary to install roof drains, or clear
obstructed drains that are already in place.
- “Alligatoring” and Blistering — When cracks appear
in the surface of a built-up roof, cold weather can create channels that hold water.
The free flow of air around and under a roof is critical to its durability. Without it, heat and moisture build up and can
cause shingles to buckle and rafters to rot. Never block off your roof’s louvers, ridge vents, or soffit vents, even
in the winter. Attic ventilation prevents structural damage, increases the life of your roofing material, and increases the
comfort level of the rooms beneath the attic.
Use these links to educate yourself:
Information for Homeownershttp://www.nrca.net/consumer/homeowners.aspx
NRCA’s Information for Building Ownershttp://www.nrca.net/consumer/checkup.aspx
Tile Roofing Institute’s FAQ on Tile Roofshttp://www.tileroofing.org/tri.aspx?id=180
Tile Roofing Institute’s FAQ on Hurricane Damagehttp://www.tileroofing.org/tri.aspx?id=180