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Caring for your roof can be simple once you get your roof in tip-top shape. At Sully-Jones we recommend using this checklist to help maintain a healthy, happy, water-tight roof and here are some helpful steps that should be on your checklist.
We encourage property owners to keep track of information about their roof’s, such as re-roofing, roof-restorations, gutter replacements, maintenance, roof age and roof cleanings which can give you and Sully-Jones, your preferred Roofing Contractor, an idea of your roof’s health. Keeping updated records about your roof is crucial for its long term sustainability.
Routine Inspections are another crucial part of a great roof maintenance checklist. You could compare a routine inspection to taking your car into the shop for preventive maintenance. Even if you think your roof is in great condition, you need to take a look at it every once in awhile, just to make sure it’s performing effectively and holding up to the harsh San Diego elements…yes…the sun, wind, and rain can wreak havoc on your roofing system. Roofs should be inspected annually and the older the roof is, the more prone it is to failure. Catching your roof failing early can be the difference between a cheaper repair and a total roof replacement. Make roof inspections a priority and if you’re ever unsure about the integrity of your roof, don’t wait–call Sully-Jones and we will get you on our schedule.
Post-Storm Inspection Basics
A powerful storm can be a roof’s worst enemy. There are ways to help guard your roofing system by doing a quick post-storm visual inspection. We recommend the following basics:
- Visually Inspect Shingles – If your roof is steep or damaged, you may wish to avoid walking on it. Just give us a call and we will do the “dirty work!”
- Broken/Missing Shingles – Large swathes of missing shingles will need to be repaired professionally.
- Curled (smiling) Shingles – These shingles will no longer be waterproof, and will require replacement.
- Flapping Shingles – These shingles are losing their adhesive, and will soon fail.
- Check Gutters/Downspouts For Granules/Debris – If you see many granules or a lot of roofing debris in your gutters, it could be a sign that your roof was damaged in a storm.
- Check For Signs Of Moisture – Now, this isn’t always as obvious as water dripping from your ceiling. Often, moisture pools and collects without dripping, and the area from which water drips isn’t necessarily the same area where the roof is damaged. If you see any moisture or dripping, call Sully-Jones for an assessment.
- Check Flashing – Flashing is the metal around joints, chimneys, valleys, vents in the roof, Make sure that the flashing is intact and hasn’t pulled away from the roof edges or penetrations (as mentioned above.)
By following these steps on your roof maintenance checklist, you can ensure that your roof is in good condition after a storm–and be ready to act if it’s not.
Keep Roof Free Of Debris
Roofs are made to keep the elements out of your home. Sticks, branches, leaves, accumulate on rooftops and gutters. If a storm rolls in while debris is resting on your roof, it can stop proper drainage on your roof, causing water to back up, pool and eventually find the weakest points in your roofing system, sneaking its way into your homes and office spaces and causing interior damage that you may not even be aware of…do you have an attic, crawlspace, closets or cupboards? That’s where a sneaky leak likes to show its ugly face!