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Regular Inspections Will Save Your Roof
Your business or personal belongings depend on the proper maintenance and repair of your roof. Keep in mind that a little prevention now can prevent catastrophic roof failure in the future, saving you a lot of inconvenience and expense in the process.
You should bring in a professional roof repair contractor if you think that there could be some concerns after an inspection. The roofing contractor can also help you determine the remaining estimated lifespan of your roof, the roof's general existing condition and help you develop a maintenance plan moving forward.
When you're hiring your roofing contractor, here's some things to keep in mind:
- Choose established, properly bonded roof repair contractors.
- Get more than one estimate for the services you need.
- Get references that include other properties in your area and follow up on them.
- Make them show you their certificate of insurance and ensure they have current worker's comp insurance.
- Always check with the Better Business Bureau for any complaints that are open.
- Make sure the estimate is very specific on the scope of work, including disposing of any debris created and cleaning up the grounds after the job is complete.
- If you're getting a new roof installed, make sure the deck has no deteriorated materials or any areas that are water soaked. Make sure any damaged material replacement is included in the contract.
- Get a warranty in writing and verify the information. Confirm everything that is and isn't covered in the scope of work and warranties. For future inspections and repairs, keep all records of work performed and warranties.
Here are some other things to remember:
- An inspection should provide a plan for repair any issues that might show problems.
- After a severe storm with strong wind, have your roof inspected for damage, because these type of storms in succession can weaken your roof. Even if the roof appears to have survived a storm intact, there could have been damage or it could have been weakened enough to fail during the next one.
- They should go back to previous areas where repairs have been made in the past to ensure they have held.
- They should make sure to remove any accumulated debris or objects on the roof. Leaves, small branches and other organic material can hold moisture, which can cause deterioration of the materials the roof is made of. If you live in a dry area, keeping debris off your roof will place your property in less risk for fire.
- Keep trees around your property trimmed back so branches don't scrape the roof and leaves and small branches don't accumulate on it. Debris on your roof can clog gutters and drains that would force water flow away from your roof.
- Check your gutters, downspouts and drains for twigs, grass, leaves and other objects or debris that will prohibit proper drainage.
- If you're in an area prone to sever wind storms, make sure your gutters and downspouts include straps to hold them in place and resist uplift.
- Inspect the seals around vents and other roof apparatus to make sure they're sealed properly. Use flashing cement to seal any gaps that might be visible. You may need to replace the flashing if its been badly damaged or deteriorated, or if you can move your vents back and forth.
- If you have a storm with large hail stones, contact your insurance company about having the roof inspected, even if you can't see any easily visible damage.
You should bring in a professional commercial roof repair contractor if you think that there could be some concerns after an inspection. The commercial roofing contractor can also help you determine the remaining estimated lifespan of your roof, the roof's general existing condition and help you develop a maintenance plan moving forward.
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Regular inspections and maintenance is the best way to avoid major roof issues and help your roof sustain extreme weather conditions. Regular maintenance will also prolong your roof's lifespan, and a lot of times, allow you to repair your roof instead of replacing it when issues pop up, saving you a lot of money. How often you should have your roof inspected depends on several factors like age, recent weather events, foot traffic on your roof, and any type of conditions that may have been uncovered in past inspections. Normally, you should schedule your roof to be inspected twice per year, in the spring and fall, to ensure that they're not being forgotten in your day to day life.
Mikku and Sons Roofing (623) 465-1068 provides quality Phoenix roof repair services including roof repair and roof installation on tile roofs, flat roofs, foam roofs and shingle roofs. We’ve been a reputable, professional Phoenix roofing contractor since 2001. Give us a call for all your roofing needs.
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Roofs are like tires. We only think of them when there’s a problem, and we only replace them when we have to. But, when we do maintain them regularly, we can extend their useful life. We also need to make sure that our roof receives the proper maintenance to increase its useful life.
Guaranteeing roof life starts with regular inspections. The National Roofing Contractors Association recommends inspecting all roofs twice a year: once after the coldest temperatures, once after the hottest temperatures. (And it's always a good notion to scrutinize the roof following any major weather occurrence). But why should roofs be inspected, and what do we hope to discover by doing so?
With our roof, out of sight means out of mind. That's not a good notion, since regular roof inspections can help avoid long term expensive problems.
What follows are some of the most common reasons — to inspect roofs at least twice a year.
Weathering and Aging
All roofs undergo normal aging, and the effects are usually visible. As roofs age commonly, leaks may occur, leading to moisture infiltration. Regular inspections call attention to weathered regions and enable property owners to schedule maintenance on these issues to avoid further problems.
Damage From Storms
High gusts of wind, hail, and other weather events can create damage to a roof that are able to be covered by insurance. Roofs should be inspected immediately following weather events to prevent further damage due to water leaks. Impairment from wind gusts or hail can be slight and require little more than minor repairs, or the problems can be major and require an entire roof replacement. Insurance adjusters report that substantial amounts of storm damage are actually caused by debris blown from roofs by high winds. Tree limbs and branches can fall on roofs causing great damage. Roof blow-offs start at the boundary, and when roofs are not properly designed or installed to provide proper boundary securement, serious damage can result. Storm damage may require emergency work costing even more expense.
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Leaks after heavy rain is the primary reason for most inspections. But a leak is only a sign of a problem that might have been building over time. If you're looking for a silver lining, a leak can actually be good news. Without evidence of a roof leak, a lingering problem of undetected water infiltration could continue to create hidden deterioration, such as rotting wood, mold, wet insulation, or corrosion.
It takes an experienced professional eye to conduct a thorough leak investigation and diagnosis, because the entry point for water might be quite far away from the detection point. Leaks can be evidence of serious roof problems or minor issues. Many roofs in excellent condition occasionally have issues due to minor flashing problems.
Making Sure There’s Proper Drainage
Few features are as important to roof performance as proper slope and drainage. Water standing on a roof increases the chance of leaks and water infiltration significantly. Making sure you have good drainage is a very important reason for regular roof inspections. Leaves, trash, debris, and other objects can clog or obstruct roof drains, creating standing water. Regular cleaning of roofs can help remove such problems and allow water to drain properly, which reduces the chance of leaks. Also, water is heavy – weighing about 5 pounds per square foot per inch deep.
Poor drainage also causes deterioration of roofing materials, leading to a shorter life of the entire roof system. If a leak occurs from standing water, insulation can get saturated over a wide area, which could require entire roof replacement.
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Assessing Tree and Vegetation Damage
Vegetation can grow on roofs when gutters and other low areas aren’t cleaned on a regular basis. Birds can land and nest on roofs. They also deposit seeds, which will promote the growth of vegetation. Gutters are a particular source of problems because of the accumulation of dirt, seeds, and water. In addition, tree branches scraping on roofs during wind storms can cause serious damage. Gutters should be cleaned regularly, and trees near your roof need to be trimmed to prevent contact with roof surfaces.
Repairs Covered by Warranties
Many owners pay for repairs themselves that would be covered under a contractor or manufacturer's roof warranty. Leaks can be caused by a lot of things, only some of which are covered under a warranty. However, when a leak is found, you should have a qualified person perform an inspection to determine whether or not to file a warranty claim. When a roof warranty claim is filed, the contractor or manufacturer will visit the property and make an assessment of whether the leak or repair is covered. The important thing for the property owner is keeping possession and ready access to the warranty paperwork, as well as timely filing of the claim.
Establishing a schedule for routine, professional roof inspections should be a priority for property owners. Inspections are cheap and can provide critical information that can prevent expensive repairs later. Also, regular roof inspections provide a checklist for routine maintenance work and enable owners to prepare budgets for the future. Roof inspections are the first step in a roof maintenance program that can help owners plan and schedule repairs instead of having to do expensive emergency repairs. Few other property maintenance tasks provide a better return on investment than regular roof inspections.
To schedule a professional, trustworthy roofing contractor to come out to your property and have it inspected, call Mikku and Sons Roofing at (623) 465-1068.