Roofs are major investments, and any major investment needs protection. Roof maintenance provides this protection, making sure that the functioning of the roof throughout harsh weather. Roof m when undertaking maintenance will fix potential issues; address current problems, save your money in the short run by repairs instead of replacements and also in the long term through extending the lifetime of the roof.
Here are a few areas you should look into when undertaking maintenance of your roof;
Buildup of dirt and salts. This usually will encourage rust on your roof, as well as moss and lichen if it’s a tiled roof. Many manufacturers’ warranties call for regular washing, especially in areas that do not get rain-washed. Wash down your roof every 3 to 12 months depending on the particular roof and your location.
Corrosion of cowl, flue pipe or fastenings. This can be as a result of buildup of various combustion deposits. You ought to clean the flue pipe, and the roof around it, occasionally during heating seasons to keep the combustion deposits to their minimum. Fires could occur in chimneys or flues that have not been cleaned. For existing corrosions, get rid the rust, then paint with zinc-rich primers.
Insecure metal flue. This can be due to corrosion of fixings, particularly in areas next to the sea. If your fixings did corrode, replace them by hot-dipped galvanized ones. This is only a temporary solution – eventually you will need to replace your nails, particularly if you reside close to a sea.
Corroded galvanized-metal flashings. Corrosion is very common in regions near the sea but could also occur in other regions. Flashing protects vulnerable parts of the roof. In case they fail, they could affect the weather-tightness of your roof and allow water to get to your home. Get rid of the paint and corrosion with zinc-rich primers, metal primers and finish coats.
Lifted or dislodged flashings. To fix this, replace loose nails with new screws or nails and increase the number when necessary. Ensure there’s timber below to fix these nails in too.