When storms are brewing, the first thing you should take care of is the roof of your home. Heavy winds and water can harm your roof in a big way. Here are five surefire ways to a leak-proof roof.
- Fix Leaks
Beware any water spots on your ceiling or walls because there may be a roof leak causing them. Chances are you may not be able to spot them immediately. Once discovered though, you should contact a tradesman immediately to plug the leak before it leads to structural damage or results in mold growth. Also, keep a lookout for dark patches or lines on the outside of the roof.
- Clean up Gutters & Downspouts
There are some jobs which you do not want to do, but cleaning your gutters something you should definitely complete. Heavy rains can bring pine-needles, leaves, twigs, and branches that obstruct gutters. Once gutters are sealed with these obstructions, water can back-up and cause damage to your roof.
- Check on the Flashing
Flashing is a type of weather-proofing material that helps prevent water penetration from outlets such as chimneys, skylights, vent pipes, etc. Check these materials for corrosion that may cause sealant to crack and peel away. Put some of the areas under a scanner ,especially where the roof joins roof valleys and a headwall or a sidewall.
- Keep a close tab on Vents
Ensure that the wind-driven rain is not seeping into your vents as this will harm your roof. Also, make sure that your vents are attached securely.
- Get your Roof Inspected
Look for weak spots on the roof or get it checked by a professional roofing contractor who will find any weak links in your roof and make it rainstorm-ready. A roofing contractor has all the right tools, safety equipment and insurance to fix your roof without any hiccups.