The roof on your home is an important part of your home's design and construction. You don't want to ever take it for granted and ignore this important part of your home, especially when it is so high up and out of your natural line of sight. However, keeping an eye on your roof and handling maintenance issues and signs of damage as soon as they emerge is a great way to keep your roof a quality piece of your home's protection. Here are some tips to accomplish this and help you take care of and repair your home's roof.
Inspect For Damage
It can be easy to complete some simple roof inspection while you are still on the safety of your front yard. Look up at your roof's surface for any irregular sections in your roof. Your shingles will create a smooth pattern over the roof's surface and damage, such as peeling, cracking, and missing shingles will stand out very visibly from the ground. It is a good idea to get into the habit of checking your roof periodically, which will help you know what to recognize as damage.
You can also enlist the help of a roofing professional to check out your rooftop via a video-equipped drone. They can get an up-close visual look of your roof's vents and their seals, the ridgeline on the shingles, and any valleys between dormers where damage is common to occur. If your roofing professional needs closer inspection or checking below the roof's layers, they can safely access your roof and check with their expertise.
Check and Repair Flashing
Next to your shingles, the flashing installed on your roof is a big barrier against moisture entering into your home around areas, such as chimney connections and vent openings. Flashing can become damaged, bent, or corroded and cracked from age and weather damage, which can allow moisture to steal its way into your roof interior. However, you can complete some basic repairs to the flashing to restore its protection and until you can arrange for a more permanent and professional repair.
Once you have discovered any flashing damage, you will need to remove the old roofing caulk or adhesive that was originally used to attach the flashing to make sure there are no weakened materials in your repair. Patch it back into place with an application of new roofing adhesive, forming a full bond between the two surfaces. If there are nail holes in the flashing, fill them with caulk and use your finger to smooth the caulk into place. Don't worry about any moisture present on your roof or rain falling on your repair because the material and repair will be moisture resistant.
To learn more information about roof repair, reach out to a roof repair service near you.