Previous owners might have taken shortcuts that weren’t caught during the home buying inspection. Patching or other roof repairs may have gone unnoticed. Have a professional roof repair contractor come out and inspect your roof to make sure there aren’t any do-it-yourself problems. Catching simple problems ahead of time will keep them from turning into major problems later on. Contractors should look for overlapping layers of roofing material, gaps, or just poor craftsmanship. Any of these could lead to a leaky roof, premature wear, and mold or algae.
A few preventative steps will go a long way to avoid serious issues and damage to the interior of your property.
- Make sure doors and windows are properly sealed, installing weather stripping if needed.
- Trim bushes and trees to keep them from damaging the walls of your home or the roof.
- Be cognizant of water pooling near the foundation and install drainage equipment to redirect the water away from it.
- If you live at the end of a sloped area, use sand bags to redirect water away from your home.
- Check your ceilings for stains, as they are a sign that water is finding a way through your roof. Water can accumulate and cause mold and mildew, which can become a health problem.