Flat And Shingle Roof
We place all our customers on a schedule to get a call when their roof maintenance is due. Overlooking roof maintenance can turn a 20 or 30 year roof, to a 5-8 year roof!!
Read on for the various maintenance required for your roof type.
Umbrella Roof proceeds with maintenance as required by the manufacturer. We use only GAF and Firestone roofing materials as the industry leader in flat rubber roofing material. This material call for a silver coating every 3 years for smooth rubber. Along with roof cement to all edges and penetrations at the same time. Additionally, granulated roofing materials do not call for silver coat but still need to have edges and penetrations cemented every three years. The roofs are also cleaned and cleared of debris. If any issues seem to be occuring on the roof, such as ponding, this is a great time to address these issues so they do not become more serious.
It’s recommended to inspect your roof at least twice a year, typically in the spring and fall. Additionally, after severe weather events, such as storms or heavy snow, a prompt inspection is advisable.
During a roof inspection, look for signs of damage, such as missing or damaged shingles, leaks, sagging areas, and debris accumulation. Check the flashing around vents, chimneys, and skylights. Inspect the gutters and downspouts for clogs.
While you can perform a basic visual inspection yourself, it’s advisable to have a professional roofing contractor conduct a more thorough inspection periodically. Professionals can identify potential issues that may not be immediately visible and provide expert recommendations.
To protect your roof during winter, keep gutters clean to prevent ice dams, trim overhanging branches to avoid heavy snow accumulation, and ensure proper attic insulation and ventilation to prevent ice dam formation. Promptly remove snow if it accumulates.
Gutters play a crucial role in directing water away from the roof and foundation. Regular gutter maintenance, including cleaning and repairs, helps prevent water damage, leaks, and ice dams. Clogged gutters can lead to water overflow and potential roof issues.
Regular maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your roof. Keep the roof clean, address repairs promptly, ensure proper attic ventilation, and trim overhanging branches. Professional inspections and maintenance can also help identify and address issues early.
If your roof has extensive damage, is nearing the end of its expected lifespan, or has frequent and costly repairs, it may be more cost-effective to consider roof replacement. Consult with a roofing professional to assess the condition of your roof and determine the best course of action.