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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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5 Tips for Protecting Your Roof From Water Damage

by Krin Rodriguez

Water can be one of the most damaging threats to your home, and in particular, your roof may get water damaged. To protect your roof, there are multiple steps you should take. Check out these ideas.

1. Repair Damage When It Occurs

After a windstorm or a similar weather event, check your roof for damage, and make sure to repair peeling, missing or broken roof tiles before the damage gets worse. Similarly, if you notice that you have water dripping into your home from your roof, work with a roofing contractor to identify and repair the damage.

2. Find and Eliminate Sitting Water

If your roof has some flat patches, water can pool in those places, and that can lead to damage. If you have areas where this is happening, contact a roofing contractor to talk about possible solutions. Don't just look at the roofing tiles for sitting water, also check around flashing particularly in areas with valleys or depressions near chimneys or skylights.

3. Keep Your Gutters Clean

Your guttering system is critically important when it comes to keeping water off your roof. To ensure water doesn't build up on the roof, you need to keep your gutters clean. If they are filled with leaves and debris, the water won't be able to move through the gutters, down the spout and away from the house.

4. Prevent Ice Dams

Ice dams happen when snow on the top of your roof melts and slides down toward the eaves. However, rather than falling off the edge of the roof, the ice refreezes once it reaches the eaves. That in turn creates a dam which can hold water, snow or ice on your roof and potentially lead to water damage.

To prevent this, there are a variety of steps you can take. You can add heat tape around the eaves of your house to prevent freezing in that point, you can add extra vents or you can manually break up ice dams when they occur.

5. Reduce Attic Condensation

Finally, it's important to understand that some water damage can move from inside the home to outside the home. In particular, if you have ducts running through your attic, condensation can form on the outside of the ducts and migrate up to the roof. To avoid this, consider insulating your ductwork or adding more vents to your attic so that the condensate has somewhere to travel.

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