Roof leaks are a costly and severe form of damage for homeowners. Not only does a leak affect your roof’s integrity, but it can also damage your home’s foundation. Roof leaks can also affect your home’s overall comfort. Fortunately, there are a few steps you can take to avoid leaks from developing on your roof.
The roofing experts at Intelligent Design Corp can assist you with all of your roof repair, replacement, and inspection needs. We’ll help you maintain a secure and durable roof. For expert roofing services, contact us today.
Apply Additional Caulk Around the Chimney
Over time, roofing material around the chimney can become worn down and weak. This worn-down material can cause leaks on your roof. To prevent these leaks from developing, take the time to ensure the cracks around your chimney have been appropriately caulked.
If you cannot get on your roof and check this area yourself, the experts at Intelligent Design Corp are happy to help! We’ll provide you with a fast and efficient inspection to ensure your chimney has a sufficient amount of caulk surrounding it.
Regularly Clean and Inspect the Gutters
You should clean your gutters at least twice a year: once in the spring and again in the fall. Cleaning your gutters will prevent your roof from enduring water damage as a result of a backed-up gutter system. When clogged gutters overflow, the water can gather on your roof and cause it to deteriorate and form leaks. For additional gutter assistance, Intelligent Design Corp is ready to help!
Maintain the Surrounding Trees
Severe weather storms and high winds are frequent here in Minnesota. Because of this, you should take the time to trim and maintain all of the surrounding trees. Severe weather conditions can send large branches down on your roof, which can result in costly damage and leaks.
Additionally, when water accumulates in trees, they can eventually spill high volumes of water onto your roof, which can cause your roof to endure water damage. To prevent this damage from forming, trim overgrown branches that are hanging over your home.
Repair Damaged or Broken Shingles
Your shingles should protect your roof from various natural elements including water and wind. When your shingles are broken and damaged, they aren’t able to properly protect your roof and home. To maximize your home’s protection, contact a professional to repair your roof’s broken
shingles as soon as possible.
Inspect Your Attic
It is smart to make attic inspections a regular part of your home’s maintenance. You can search for any signs of leaks or holes in your roof or signs of mold in your attic. You can look for gaps where sunlight comes through, warped wood, or fuzzy, tell-tale signs of mold. Make sure you wear a mask when inspecting your roof, so you don’t breathe in insulation or mold spores.
Check Roof Flashing
Roof flashing is a common area prone to leaks. These areas are commonly found around skylights, chimneys, vents, different roof junctions, and places where the walls and roof meet. These areas need to be fitted properly; if not, water will find its way inside your home. While inspecting your roof or during a professional inspection, ensure all flashing areas are properly sealed.
Install Drip Edges
A drip edge is a metal flashing that covers the edge of roofs to help control the flow of water away from the fascia and protect underlying roofing materials. If you already have drip edges, you want to make sure that none are missing. Gaps between the fascia board and roof deck can allow water inside the house.
Ensure Proper Ventilation
The key to allowing warm air to escape your roof is proper ventilation. Vents in soffits can also help the cold air get inside the attic to displace the warm air. Proper ventilation also keeps your attic from getting too moist, which can cause mold and rot, thereby weakening your roof’s wooden supports.
Watch for Ice Dams
During the winter, make sure you watch out for ice dams on your roof. Ice dams form when the snow and ice on your roof melt and then refreeze at the edge of your roof or gutters. Ice dams are dangerous for your roof, as it prevents melting snow from draining properly. Ice dams can be removed safely by professionals, such as Intelligent Design Corp, and help prevent future roof leaks.
Contact Intelligent Design Corp Today
Intelligent Design Corp wants to help you maintain a secure and durable home. We’ll provide you with prompt and efficient roof repair and replacement services. To start off with a free quote, contact us today at 763-315-0745.