The roof is an extremely important part of your house, as it is the first layer of defense against rain, snow, heat, and wind. Even though your composite shingle roof looks good, the same may not apply to its integrity.
If you want to avoid expensive repairs, it is important that you maintain it on a regular basis. Here are four tips which will help you spot problems before they become huge:
Examine the areas around the skylights, and chimney
The chimney and skylights are an excellent addition to your roof, as it keeps your house warm while improving the aesthetics of your property. However, as these features are additional installations, it is quite common for the areas around them to be vulnerable to leaks. When you examine the skylights and chimney, make sure the flashing and caulking don’t have any problems.
Inspect your attic
It is quite common for homeowners to assume that the reason for the leak is due to the roof. Although this is true in most cases, there are situations when your attic is the one to blame. For instance, if there is lack of ventilation or problems with the plumbing and vent fans or an infestation, it can cause problems in the future. After entering your attic, keep an eye on pests, black circles, wet areas, mold, and algae. Also, don’t forget about the vents
Survey the soffit
The soffit is an important part of your roof, as it ensures your house has proper ventilation. By ensuring proper air flow, it protects your house from mold and other types of damage due to moisture. It is quite common for rodents and water leaks to damage this area. When surveying the soffit, see if you can spot any rot.
Take a look at the gutters
You should remember that gutters are important, as they prevent your house from getting damaged by water. For instance, if it is broken or blocked, it can cause rot, mold, flooding in the basement, and damages the foundation. Make sure that this area is free of debris at all times.
These are the four tips which will help you avoid expensive repairs on your composite shingle roof. If you spot any damage during your inspection, contact Prodigy Roofing & Construction. Our roofing professionals will give you the estimate of fixing your composite shingle roof, within 30 minutes after their arrival!