The roof over your head is an investment. Maybe you are not aware yet that beside home inspection that roof inspection is also the main thing to do if you want to live in a safe and healthy home, and we can all agree that we all want to live in a healthy environment, right?
Don’t Neglect Your Roof
So, pay attention to your roof, because it is one of the most important part of your house. You have to treat roof like you would any other room in your home and check its condition before they have a chance to cause major damage. Left alone, a damaged roof can lead to many problems including:
Mold growth and leaks
Protecting Your Investment
A roof protects you from weather conditions. In relation to that, whether conditions make your home vulnerable to a variety of threats such as appearance of moisture because snow and ice can accumulate and damage roof materials. Also, your seals that keep water from entering your home can crack during extreme temperature. Moisture puts your home at risk of developing black mold, which can start to form on your walls, ceilings and structural supports, compromising your air quality and health.
Preventing Costly Roof Leaks
Roof leaks present multiple challenges for homeowners. They never occur at a time which is convenient and they can lead to significant damage to the interior of your home. Their effects can linger long after the repair has been made in the form of mold growth on the interior surfaces of your home. Sometimes determining the source of the roof leak can be an even greater challenge.
Where do leaks occur?
The source of the roof leak on the outside of the home rarely matches where the leak appears on the inside of the home. This leads to a good deal of frustration for the homeowner who is attempting to repair the leak. Locating the source of a roof leak is not an exact science. It is a process of elimination due to the fact that a roof leak may have several contributing factors and may not always be the direct result of one specific problem associated with your roof.
Leaks can mean that
flashing are cracked
shingles are broken
valleys aren’t properly sealed
skylights were improperly installed
gutters are clogged
chimney is cracked
there’s condensation in your attic
vent booting is cracked
you may have ice dam buildup
All homeowners should be careful with how often they venture out on to their roofs, a lot of roofing material is very fragile. You may accidentally step on a crucial element or crack an already precarious seal.
Minor leaks can cause major damage. Roof leaks during the snowy part of winter and during storms in the summer, certainly due to poor flashing. If you have a roof leak, you’d better fix it immediately, even if it doesn’t bother you much or you’re getting a new roof next year. Even over a short time, small leaks can lead to big problems, such as rotted framing and sheathing, destroyed insulation and damaged ceilings
You should to the roof inspection twice a year – once after the coldest weather, once after the hottest weather. But, according to Mold Busters, it’s always a good idea to inspect the roof following any major weather event.
Important Fact That Can Affect Your Health and Health of Your Family.
When it comes to the roof, if you are doing some roof renovation, you can be exposed to the danger of asbestos. Asbestos is a loose, fluffy insulation material which looks like candy floss. It can be blue-grey or whitish in color. If disturbed, it can release many asbestos fibres into the air. Asbestos is a dangerous mineral fiber that will easily become airborne, and can cause serious lung diseases such as
mesothelioma – a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract,
lung cancer and
asbestosis – a serious scarring condition of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years. The condition can cause progressive shortness of breath and in severe cases can be fatal.
More Information on Asbestos.
If you have vermiculite-based insulation in your attic, it may contain asbestos. To avoid exposure to asbestos fibres, do not disturb vermiculite-based attic insulation in any way or attempt to remove it yourself. Don’t touch or try to remove any suspect material. Get a professional to remove damaged asbestos material.
Things that you can do until professionals don’t come is to forbid your children to go to the attic and not to use the attic for storage or any other use.
Having these facts in your mind, you should start thinking about roof maintenance. And the best way to start is with an annual roof inspection – the best and easiest solution to protect your family and living space.
604 Roofing Ltd., a Vancouver and area Roofing Company