Protect Your Roof: 3 Problems That Can Affect Your Roof

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You've just had a new roof installed on your home. You want to protect your investment and help your roof last as long as possible. You can protect your investment by taking care of minor issues before they become major problems. One way to catch those minor issues is to conduct routine inspections of your roof. Here are three common problems you should keep your eye out for.

Mold Growth

If you have trees growing near your home, your roof could be in danger of hidden mold. Take a look at your roof. If you can see leaves or other debris, you should get that removed as soon as possible. Moisture can build up under the leaves, creating the perfect environment for mold to grow. Once mold starts growing, it can spread to areas underneath the shingles. Mold growth can cause your shingles to deteriorate. Mold can also lead to wood rot. To prevent mold growth, you should keep your roof clean and free of debris.

Thermal Shock

If you live in an area that experiences extreme heat, your roof could be in danger of thermal shock. This is particularly true if your roofing material is a dark color – which absorbs more heat. Thermal shock can cause your shingles to shrink. If your shingles no longer fit properly, or they're curling up along the edges, your roof may be experiencing thermal shock. Minor curling can be repaired using the following method.

Supplies You'll Need

  • Ladder
  • Paint brush
  • Roofing cement
  • Roofing nails
  • Hammer

Directions

  1. Use your ladder to access the roof.
  2. Using your paint brush, place a thin layer of roofing cement under the curled edge.
  3. Carefully press down on the curled edge and hold it in place for several seconds.
  4. Place several roofing nails along the edge to secure the shingle.
  5. Repeat the process on each curled shingle.

Poor Drainage

If you have a roof-top air conditioner or swamp cooler, it could be damaging your roof. This is particularly true if the drainage system is not operating properly. Improper drainage could lead to wood rot and shingle damage. Before you begin using your cooling system each summer, conduct a thorough inspection of the drainage hoses. Leaks and clogs should be taken care of immediately. During the summer, watch your roof for signs of moisture, which will include:

  • White powdery substance on the shingles
  • Run-off from the AC or swamp cooler

You want your new roof to last as long as possible. The information provided above will help you identify some of the common problems that can affect your roof. Contact a business, such as Slaughter Roofing Co, if you have additional questions about your roofing.   

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5 January 2016

Stop Mold in Its Tracks

Hi, I'm Carey Johnson. Mold can be more dangerous than you might realize. I learned that when my little girl started having asthma and allergy attacks inside the house. I couldn’t figure out what was causing it. We changed the filter in the air conditioner frequently, and we kept the house very clean. We couldn’t, however, figure out where the allergens were coming from. Finally, we discovered the mold that was growing on the floor of the attic – right above my daughter’s room! No wonder she was having breathing problems! Once we found it, we went right to work learning how to get rid of it for good. We ended up reconstructing the attic, and I learned that I enjoyed learning about construction.