Your roof has a very important job: to protect you, your family, and all of your valuables. It’s important that you keep up with your roof maintenance to ensure that your roof as a whole, and all the vulnerable areas are working properly.
For the most part, your roof is a very solid, waterproof barrier for your home. An aging roof, or a roof without proper, regular maintenance can have some weak spots that you may want to look out for. A good roofer should have installed flashing on all roofing joints. Flashing is a material such as galvanized steel or aluminum that joint two different roof sections for added security from cracks or leaks. If your roof doesn’t have flashing, you will need to hire a professional roofer to install some for you properly.
You don’t need to go on your roof to check for vulnerable areas on it. You can check from your drive way. The areas that are the most vulnerable are those areas that normally have flashing installed. This is anywhere that a change in roof direction may cause pooling water. For example, where your roof meets the base of your chimney is susceptible to water damage.
Especially after a bad storm, your whole roof could be considered vulnerable. If a storm yielded high winds or hail, it is your best bet to hire an experienced roofer to do an inspection to ensure that your roof is in working order. It is better to have a problem fixed by a professional before it evolves into something more sever, and more expensive.
If you feel that any part of your roof is especially vulnerable, don’t hesitate to call us for a roof inspection. Remember, your roof protects everything in your house, and you need to put care into maintaining it, or else you will need a new roof before you know it.