Roofing maintenance is hard work, but definitely a necessary and rewarding undertaking. To take the guesswork out of the equation, drywall contractor Universal Roofing and Exteriors talks about three roofing components you should prioritize to help avoid water damage.
Mind Your Gutters
Keeping your gutters clean and well-maintained will do wonders for your roof and wallet. Gutter systems work best at diverting rainwater away from your roof and siding when there’s no debris and junk getting in the way. Cleaning your gutters at minimum twice a year on up to four times a year (depending on how many trees you have) ensures that water runoff will be managed properly. Standing water invites pest infestations which pose health risks to you and your family.
Stagnant water also promotes mold growth on the roof and its neighboring components due to their constant exposure to moisture. Note that the water can spill over the sides and into your home, damaging your drywall and prompting a drywall repair.
Check Your Skylights
Skylights are a wonderful and energy-efficient addition to any home. However, they can leave your roof vulnerable to water damage if not installed properly. Leak-proof skylights require water-resistant components called flashings that prevent water from leaking in around your window. Caulking or re-caulking where the skylight and roof meet can also help prevent water damage to your roof. Have your skylights checked regularly, especially before storm season or any forecasted severe weather.
Inspect Your Flashing
Joints and valleys on a roof are vulnerable to leaks. It’s for this reason that roofers install a strip of metal called flashing over the roof junctions. It’s imperative that your roof’s flashings be intact, rust-free and hole-free so that they can properly protect your roof from water damage.
At Universal Roofing and Exteriors, we take pride in providing top-notch roofing services all year round. We also offer drywall painting. Call us today at (317) 257-0779 to find out more about our products and services. You can also fill out this form for a free estimate. We serve Fishers, Zionsville, Indianapolis, and neighboring communities in IN.