Keeping your roof and its drainage in good repair is important for keeping your home's interior well-maintained and safe for you and your family. When any part of your roof or its drainage system become damaged or compromised, interior water leaks can occur and lead to moisture problems and mold growth. Here are some tips to help you make simple repairs and regular maintenance to your home's roofing shingles and drainage.
Repair and Replace Shingles
As your home's shingles age, they wear and deteriorate from the sun's harmful rays, adverse weather conditions, and high winds. Overtime, these effects can loosen individual shingles, cause them to curl up, and become cracked. These effects can allow rain and snow melt to saturate beneath the shingles and roof underlayment to leak into your home's interior.
It is important to inspect your roof regularly from the ground to look for any missing shingles or irregular looking areas on the roof. Then, when you are able to safely access your roof top by ladder, take a close-up inspect of the roof's surface to take a closer look of the damage to see how it can be repaired.
You will need some extra shingles to make necessary repairs, which you can get from a local roofing supply store. Try to get shingles that match your home's existing shingles' color so the repair will blend in well on your home. But an off-color shingle will be sufficient if you have no other replacements available. If you have any leftover boxes of shingles stored in your home from the last time your roof was replaced, these make a fantastic resource.
To replace a missing shingle, use a pry bar to lift up the shingles directly above it, removing any nails that are currently in the way of replacing the new shingle. There may also be portions of the old shingle remaining. Pry up to remove any broken pieces of the old shingle. Slip the new shingle under the above shingle, placing four nails through the top of the shingle to secure attach it onto the roof.
Any shingles that are lifting up from the roof or are cracked, you can repair them with some roofing cement. Lift up the shingle that is damaged and apply some roofing cement to the underside of the shingle. Press the roofing cement back down to securely attach into place. Completing these repairs can help your roof last a bit longer and put off having to replace the entire roof without worrying about interior water leaks from your roof.
Maintain Gutter Drainage
Your roof's gutters and downspouts are responsible for draining moisture off your roof and away from your home's exterior foundation. Without these drainage systems working properly, water during a rainstorm or spring snow melt will saturate the soil directly around the exterior of your home's foundation or basement, where it can travel into your home. A wet basement and foundation can lead to mold and mildew growth, which can cause asthmatic and allergic reactions to you and members of your family.
It is recommended to clean out your gutters at least twice a year; in the spring and in the fall. This is to remove any build-up of leaves and other debris from their interiors to allow water proper drainage from your roof. If you have pine trees in your yard, you may need to clean your gutters up to four times a year, as they lose their needles all throughout the year.
Make sure the downspouts properly drain water from the gutters. Also make sure the downspouts have diverters to deliver the water out and away from the soil around your home's foundation.
Use these two tips to help you maintain your roof and its gutter drainage system.
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