When the fall and winter season starts to set in the weather is going to change. Over the season you may end up with snow and rain that can end up being the moment you realize you have a roof leak. A roof leak is a serious problem and you really want to prevent it from happening. A roof leak can lead to mold and mildew which can be dangerous to your health and your family’s health too. If the roof is leaking it can even go undetected for some time and the damage can continue to be a problem which can get worse and worse. When you want to prevent a leak on your roof you can have some maintenance done. Montgomery Construction & Roofing lists what to have checked during roof maintenance to prevent roof leaks.
Fix Hole in Roof
Obviously the roof is going to have a leak if there is something that has penetrated the roofing materials. There are some major areas that need to be checked when your roof is inspected to check for any penetration. One area that often has this problem is around the chimney in the roof. Others areas are skylights and vents where flashing or lining is installed on the roof and around the fixture itself. The nails and other materials that are used can penetrate through the roof and cause a leak easily.
Inspect Roofing Transitions
When you are having the roof inspected and checked for a leak you want to be sure that the transition areas are checked carefully. The main areas of the transitions are between levels where the roof will lower or get higher. These areas should have a piece of flashing or the transition should be smooth enough so that the flow or water or snow is not stopped. The materials are installed to ensure that whatever is landing in the roof is pushed off by gravity. When the transitions are not done right they can cause a backup and that can end up being a leak.
Check in the Attic
You may think that checking your roof ends outside on a ladder but if that is the end you are missing an huge area. You need to be sure that the inside the roof that usually is the attic is also checked very carefully. The attic is a great area to see a small area that is potentially leaking. It is also a great way to find where the leak is staring from so that you can determine what needs to be done to make the repairs.
Address Clogged or Damaged Gutters
You may think that the gutters are not part of the roof but the best person to repair and install gutters is a roofing contractor. The reason is because the gutters system is installed on the side of the home at the level of the roof and that is why it can potentially cause trouble with your roof. If a part of the gutter is damaged it could have also caused damage to roof that will need to be repaired as well.