With your new roof protecting your home, you and your family should stay safe, comfortable and protected from different weather conditions as well as water damage. But to ensure that it keeps protecting your home throughout its lifespan, you must get it inspected and maintained regularly.
While it’s easy to say that you can do the roofing maintenance yourself, it isn’t always recommended. Walking on your roof alone risks your safety, especially if you don’t have the right equipment. Most roofing systems will also have a warranty that requires professional maintenance, so if you do this yourself, you’ll risk voiding it. And even if some roofing concerns can be dealt with yourself, others will need a more professional solution.
The best way to protect your roof is to hire a trusted roof replacement contractor. Our roofers at Neumann Construction have the right experience and equipment to maintain your roof and keep it in its best condition. We always inspect roofs thoroughly and point out any issue we find. That means providing the best solutions in dealing with many common roofing concerns, such as:
Damaged Soffit and Fascia
The soffit and fascia boards are often the first parts of your roof to rot if your gutters are compromised. This can happen if your gutter system is clogged or damaged in a way that prevents water from draining properly. By the time winter comes, even just a single ice dam will rot the soffit or fascia board once it starts to melt. The rotten areas in your soffit and fascia become weak spots in your roof and are more exposed to small animals, such as birds and squirrels, allowing them to build nests in your roof.
If left unaddressed, the rot and damage can slowly compromise your home’s exterior. So, to ensure your soffit and fascia boards are in good condition, make sure to get your gutters cleaned regularly. Also, check for any sign of damage, and get it fixed by an experienced roof repair contractor!
Your gutters are designed to safely divert your roof’s water runoff down the drain to prevent it from pooling and leaking into your roof. Like the rest of your roofing system, they deteriorate naturally when exposed to natural elements. But if it’s near the end of its lifespan or they’re badly damaged, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. Otherwise, your damaged gutters won’t catch the water runoff effectively and can cause more problems to your roof. Damaged gutters and downspouts will only affect your roof and the rest of your home over time. To avoid this from happening, make sure to address the problem while it’s still inexpensive to repair!
Water Leak Damage
This can become a big problem if not addressed immediately. It can start with moisture forming on your ceiling or attic, which is often a sign of water leaks. But knowing your roof leaks means you need to find where it’s coming from to prevent further damage. This can be difficult on your own, so make sure to hire professional roofing contractors for a more thorough inspection.
The best way to address water damage is to look for water stains in the walls and ceilings of your home. You’ll also need to check for mold and rot on the wooden parts of your inner roof structure. You can try doing this yourself, but it’s better to let professional roofers do it for you. They’ll even know if your roof is showing signs of sagging and provide the best solutions to prevent further damage and costly repairs!
If you already see signs of water leaks on your roof, get it fixed as soon as possible. Choosing to ignore this will only allow more water to seep through and compromise your inner roofing system. Over time, the damage can cause mold and mildew to build up, affecting the rafters, insulation, sheathing and other parts of the inner roof. The mold and mildew growth can affect your ventilation system as well, which can lead to health problems as well as an increase in your utility bills!
This is another common roofing concern that can affect your roof’s expected lifespan. A proper ventilation system is needed to get sufficient air circulation through your home’s interiors. A well-designed ventilation system has its intake and exhaust vents placed at key points in a roofing system. If there’s an insufficient amount of intake/exhaust vents installed, it can affect the whole air circulation within your home. It will also lead to heat and moisture buildup in your attic, which can become a whole different problem to resolve!
You also need to check if enough intake vents are installed on the soffits or eaves, which is important to let in the fresh air. You should also check whether you have enough ridge vents installed, and that‘s crucial to expel the warm air properly. Only experienced roofing contractors can accurately determine how many intake and exhaust vents your roof needs for sufficient air circulation. Make sure to get your vents checked to keep your roof intact!
Poor roof workmanship can cost a fortune to repair, especially since the issues won’t immediately be visible at first. By the time the roofing problems become apparent years later, there will already be significant damage to other parts of your home. This is why the best solution is to get a full roof replacement. You may still opt for repairs, but if this is done frequently, it may become more expensive than getting a new roof.
Severe Weather Damage
Severe weather will always be a major concern for homeowners. Your roof is built to withstand most types of weather, but as soon as a storm passes, make it a good habit to get it checked by a roofer. Checking the roof yourself is also a good idea, but you won’t find all the potential problems yourself. Only an experienced roofer can take a closer look and spot some of the minor problems that can need to be addressed.
If you’re looking for a reliable roof repair and replacement service contractor, you can count on Neumann Construction to get the job done efficiently! Call us now at (218) 270-0009, or you can fill out our convenient form online. We serve Brainerd and nearby MN areas.