You depend on your roof to protect your home and family, much like a trusted friend. This friendship should go both ways, though, so you need to treat your roof well in return. Here are some tips on how to make sure your roof remains your best friend forever.
Give it Some TLC
Ignoring your friend is a surefire way to ruin your relationship, so you need to give your roof some attention periodically. From the ground, walk around your home’s perimeter and scan the roof to check for signs of trouble – such as spots where the shingles or tiles are broken or missing altogether, or areas where you spy damaged flashing along the roof edge, in the valleys or around the chimney and plumbing vents.
Schedule an Annual Physical
Once a year, have a knowledgeable roofing contractor check the overall health of your roof. A pro should perform a detailed, rooftop inspection and look for decking issues and leaks on the attic side too. After the physical is complete, your roofer can tell you whether there are any needed repairs, approximately how long your roof has left, and if there are steps you can take to prolong its life.
Help it Breathe With Ample Ventilation
If your attic doesn’t have enough ventilation, the temperature up there can hit 160 degrees or more on summer days. This trapped heat transfers down through the ceilings and increases your cooling costs. It can cause problems up on the roof too, like cracking and warping the supporting rafters, and aging the roofing material prematurely. To ensure that your roof can breathe, have an experienced roofing pro inspect the attic and advise you if you need to add exhaust vents up at the peak, or intake vents along your soffits.
Insulate it From Harm
Roofers in the Bay area know that installing a radiant barrier against a home’s attic rafters can shield these essential structural supports from harm, and prolong the roofing material’s lifespan. If a roof replacement is needed, a pro can also advise you about materials approved by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) that reflect solar energy to protect the roof and its structural components and help lower your cooling costs.
If you’re comparing roofers in the Bay area, contact us at Imperial Roofing Contractor to learn about our decades of experience, commitment to quality and dedication to customer satisfaction.