Would you want to come back from a vacation to find that your home has experienced water damage from a leaking roof? Nobody would like such a welcome, but that is exactly what may be in store for you if you go on an extended vacation without confirming that your roof is in good shape. Here are three precautions to ensure you aren't greeted by such a disaster on your return:
Inspect the Most Likely Leak Spots
Some parts of the roof are more likely to leak than others. Therefore, before you leave for your trip, inspect these areas to ensure they are structurally sound and that they don't have telltale signs of impending doom.
For example, you need to inspect the roof valleys, which are joints where two sloping sections of the roof come together. Rainwater or melting snow gathers in the valley and can cause leaks. Valleys also tend to weaken after being stepped on, which can cause leaks. Roof projections (such as vents and chimneys) also tend to leak a lot, usually at the point where they meet the roof. This is usually due to the decay of the flashing covering the joint between the roof and the projection.
Replace Missing Sections of the Roof
If your roof has a few missing shingles or tiles, then it is headed for a leak even if it hasn't started leaking. Shingles or tiles are the first layer of protection for your roof; they actually protect the waterproof layer. When the waterproof layer is exposed because of missing shingles, it deteriorates (due to sun and moisture action) and becomes inefficient. Because of this, replace any missing shingles or tiles before setting off for your vacation.
Ensure the Gutters and Roof Are Clean
Lastly, you need to clean your roof and gutters since debris on the roof or in gutters can also encourage leaks. A dirty roof traps more moisture than usual. The longer the moisture stays on the roof, the more it encourages metal parts of the roof to rust and the wood parts to decay, both of which can cause leaks. At the same time, clogged gutters don't drain away water, and water standing in the gutters can easily seep under the edges of the roof. Not only that, but clogged gutters encourage ice dam formation, another roof phenomenon that can lead to leaks.
For more information, contact local professionals like Gulfside Roofing Inc.
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