The roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and as such should be solidly reinforced to make sure that there are no leaks.
Cleveland, OH (PRWEB) May 11, 2013
Restoration Local, one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, is offering tips to property owners for protecting their roof from damage by water. The roof is the first line of defense against the elements, and as such should be solidly reinforced to make sure that there are no leaks that could allow access to the interior by water, snow, or ice.
Gutters should be kept in good working condition in order to prevent water from pooling up on the roof, and trees should be trimmed to prevent them from hanging over the roof, which may allow for additional water and shedding leaves getting into the gutter system.
Moss growth on the roof should be curtailed, since it has root structures that may cause pitting of the shingles. Moss may also grow beneath the shingles, causing them to lift up and separate. Remove any moss that is found on the roof in order to prevent the growth from expanding.
Attic insulation will help keep a home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. It also helps protect the roof by preventing major temperature changes between the house and attic, as this may cause considerable condensation on the underside of the roof.
Roofs should be inspected at least once per year, since catching problems and fixing them early can go a long way towards preventing serious problems. Inspections should be done in the spring, since most damage is likely to occur during the winter months. For those who do not feel comfortable climbing around on the roof, a roofing professional can be called in for this purpose.
Good attic ventilation is another key to protect the roof from water damage. Otherwise, water vapor may cause roof sheathing and rafters to begin to rot. Attics should have vents that are unobstructed complete with screens to keep out birds and small animals.
Lastly, make repairs as they are found, as this will prevent the problem from becoming larger and more expensive as time goes by.
Based in Cleveland OH, Restoration Local is one of the leading providers of water damage repair and restoration in the country, with contractors in 30 states. They are available 24/7 and all work is guaranteed.