Residential roofing systems are integral in keeping energy costs low and protecting a home against water damage. Modern roofing systems are built to last, but there are some inherent weak areas that will need regular maintenance if you want your roof to remain intact.
You can easily extend the life of your roofing system by taking the time to shore up these weak areas before winter weather hits.
The architecture of your home may dictate that your roof has peaks and valleys. These variances in roof design can add to the curb appeal of your home, but they also create seams where water can infiltrate your roofing system.
Flashing is usually made from a durable metal-like aluminum. Exposure to wind, rain, and ice dams can cause the seal between your flashing and roofing materials to deteriorate. Inspect all roof seams for signs of flashing damage prior to the onset of winter. Lifting, corroded, or absent flashing should be repaired immediately to avoid serious water damage.
If you look along the bottom edge of your roof, you will see a strip of wood or metal running the length of your roof. This strip is referred to as the fascia. Fascia plays an essential role in extending the life of your roofing system.
Your roof is made up of several layers of materials. These layers include a base, membrane, and shingles or tiles (among others). The fascia seals in these internal components so that they will not be exposed to the elements.
Damaged fascia could result in mold or mildew growth that renders your roofing system useless. Check for missing or damaged fascia to fully protect your residential roofing system this winter.
You might not be aware that a soffit is part of your residential roofing system. The soffit is the material that runs along the underside of your roof's overhang. Soffit can be made from either wood or metal. The condition of your soffit is important because this roofing component helps to ventilate your roof's interior.
Water that isn't properly removed from a roof by rain gutters can cause the soffit to rot, leaving your roof at risk of serious damage. Check for visible signs of damage to your soffit before winter. Use a broom handle to check for soft spots that indicate water damage has occurred.
You want your soffit to be in exceptional condition so that it can contribute to the energy efficiency of your home this winter by keeping your roof properly ventilated. Contact a roofing contractor for help with any roof repairs.