Plano Roofing: Article About Comprehensive Roof Inspections
A roof inspection is an often neglected but extremely vital component of roof maintenance. Inspecting a roof regularly can help homeowners identify leakages, soft spots and any other damage that may have been caused to the roof. Often, when such damages go unnoticed and unaddressed, they tend to develop into larger problems that may threaten the lifespan of the roof. Conversely, regularly planned inspections by a Plano roofing contractor can discover weaknesses, and by addressing these weaknesses in a timely manner, they can also extend the life of the roof well beyond its warranty years.
A roof should be inspected at least twice a year. Fall and spring are the best seasons to conduct roof inspection, so any damages can be addressed before the more extreme climates start. At the same time, damages from the past winter or summer can be addressed. Each roof inspection program may differ according to roof material, style and local conditions. However, there are many issues that are common to roofs universally and should be checked with every inspection.
One of the most general problems is clogged gutter systems. Drainage systems often get restricted by debris, whether it is stray leaves and twigs or construction material. Because of clogged drains, water can start to pool up in certain areas and weaken those spots by getting absorbed into the roofing material.
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This can cause moisture to build up in the roof's inner structure and rot the underlying materials. Inspectors should always check for clear drainage systems. A similar problem relating to flat or low slope roofs is water ponding. Water standing in the same place on the roof starts to break down the roofing materials. It can also start to affect the insulation material under that spot and create additional problems.
Inspectors should check for proper roof drainage, such that water does not stand on the roof for more than one or two days. At the same, they should check the sealant and susceptible areas where water may penetrate the roof's structure. These include flashings, rubber membrane sheets or plastic sheets and copings. These should be properly fastened to disallow any leakage of water. Another basic area to check is the vent. The ventilation system between the roof and the attic (or the inner structure of the roof) should be exhausting air properly and keeping a fluid circulation of air. This is an important protection against buildup of heat inside the house over the summers and stuffiness inside the house during winters.