Residential and commercial properties may vary in size, design, and architectural style, but they all have one thing in common. The roofing system of virtually every structure is designed to protect the home or building from harmful elements and adverse weather conditions. Regular maintenance efforts will prevent costly emergency repairs caused by leaks or other major concerns. A well preserved roofing structure also protects against moisture, which can lead to mold and mildew. When homeowners and property managers wait until a problem arises before they have an inspection performed, the damage is often significant and sometimes irreversible.
Roof Inspections and Maintenance Schedules
Most home purchases include a home inspection that possibly includes a cursory inspection of the roof. This is not a thorough assessment and is not meant to be an inclusive synopsis of the overall condition of the roofing system. A qualified roofing contractor should perform an evaluation and report at least once every three years. For best results, annual inspections are highly recommended. Homeowners and property managers can proactively maintain the structural integrity of any home or building when they opt for annual inspections and a regular service maintenance schedule.
Preventative Maintenance Prevents Costly Repairs
Over time, the exposure to sun, wind, rain, and other natural weather conditions begins to take a toll on any roofing structure. Since most homeowners do not spend much time on the roof, it can be difficult to tell when the surface is in need of maintenance or repair. Part of a consistent roof maintenance service contract is the routine inspection and preventative service or repairs. Extending the life expectancy of a roofing structure also avoids costly repairs that occur when a beaten down roof has been neglected.
Scheduled maintenance assessments typically do not take very long, but can be instrumental in the process of identifying potential problems that could arise in the future. As with any other insurance program, preventative maintenance is designed to avoid problems, rather than reacting to them them if and when they occur. Regular roofing system evaluations and assessments often catch growing concerns well before they can create any real harm.
A common problem that can be addressed throughout regular roof maintenance is the accumulation of various types of debris on the rooftop. Some forms of debris, such as leaves and trash, are deposited on roofing systems through wind and other weather conditions. Other items, such as pinecones and nesting materials, could be the result of small animals and birds that have access to the roof and all its intricate parts. A buildup of any organic material can promote the growth of local fungi and algae, which can lead to moisture and other harmful side effects. In addition to removing debris, ensuring that nearby branches are kept closely trimmed and away from the roof will prevent the excess shade and moisture that are required for these harmful elements to thrive and reproduce. Another important reason to keep the roofing system free from various natural and deposited debris is to prevent the gutter system from becoming clogged and ineffective.
Depending on the shape and slope of a roofing system, most structures feature gutters that play an important role in keeping the roof protected from excess water during times of heavy rain. Along with providing an outlet that directs water away from the structure, gutters also tend to gather leaves, dirt, and other debris that accumulates along the roofline. As this process continues, the blockage in the downspout could lead to a backup near the flashing, where the roof meets the house. This tender wood area is highly susceptible to water damage that could rot the wood and result in an expensive repair. In some cases, the runoff of water close to the house could cause soil erosion near the foundation and even result in flooding of a basement or lower levels.
Take Action To Preserve Roofing Systems
Every residential and commercial roofing structure is subject to the conditions mentioned above. Without regular maintenance, it is only a matter of time before damage results and roof repairs are needed. Even “minor” roofing problems such as moisture spots and occasional leaks are bound to become more complex if left unattended. Routine maintenance increases the service life of a roof because it helps catch these issues before they become big problems. Moisture build up, mold growth, and other occurrences can be harmful for occupants and costly to repair.
San Diego County Roofing experts can assess, troubleshoot, and repair damaged roofing systems. In addition, ongoing preventative maintenance schedules can be established to avoid repeat damage and preserve the roofing structure. Learn more about preventative roof maintenance today.