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If your roof is in need of urgent repair, you have come to the right place. I am not a roofing contractor, but I have just finished replacing the roof on my home when the old one failed. The contractor I called in helped me to assess the condition of my old roof and to choose the right type of material to replace it with. He carried out the work quickly and kept me informed about what he was doing. I have learnt so much from the experience that I wanted to share my new found knowledge with the rest of the world.

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Avoid These Common Mistakes When It Comes to Maintaining a Home's Roof

by Krin Rodriguez

Maintaining your home's roof is very important, as water leaks can cause mould to grow in the home, which is damaging to the home's framework and to the health of everyone inside! A home's roof also holds up the structure and framework of the home, so that when the roof weakens, the home may tend to shift and settle. You may then see cracks in the walls, ceilings and floors of the home, as well as along the chimney or outside porches and steps. To ensure your home's roof is always in good repair, note a few common mistakes you might avoid as a homeowner, and discuss inspections or repairs with a roofing contractor as needed.

Ignoring gutters and downspouts

You may not realize the importance of gutters and downspouts when it comes to a home's roof, but if downspouts are clogged, or the gutters don't allow water to flow away from the roof for any reason, this water can then work its way under the shingles along the roof's edge. These can then bubble and separate from the roof. Clogged gutters may also allow water to collect on the roof, which can lead to damage to the shingles and flashing. Inspect your gutters annually or as often as needed to ensure they're in good repair, to protect your home's roof from potential water damage.

Not properly inspecting after storms

After a strong storm of any sort, you may assume that the roof is fine if you don't see any missing shingles or discoloured areas. However, you need to inspect areas around the chimney and vents for damage, and look for dents and dings in the shingles; these signs of damage will not always be visible from a distance. After any strong storm in your area, or a stormy season, have your home's roof properly inspected by a professional as needed, and have repairs done quickly before they lead to roof leaks.

Assuming roofs have a certain lifespan

Your roof's manufacturer may have said that the roof would last ten years, thirty years or some other timeframe, but this doesn't mean the roof is indestructible during that time. Harsh sunlight, heavy rains and winds, hailstorms, heavy tree branches, lack of proper drainage as mentioned above and a poor quality installation can all affect a roof's overall life expectancy. Rather than ignoring your roof during that timeframe, have it inspected as often as needed so you can note any needed repairs, no matter the overall age of your home's roof.

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