Moisture damage is one of the leading causes of premature roof replacement. Water, regardless of its form, generally causes wood decay and is a catalyst for metal corrosion. Its destructive power doesn’t always have an immediate effect, but it ultimately renders non-resistant construction elements structurally unsound in the end.
There’s no escaping the specter of moisture, but you can minimize its presence successfully with preventive maintenance. Here are the four best ways to protect your residential roofing system from water damage:
1. Keep Your Drainage System Clog-Free
In the event of water intrusion, clogged gutters and downspouts usually take the blame. Without any protection, they’re sitting ducks for tree particles, such as leaves and twigs and other pieces of debris. Dead foliage can harbor moisture during the decomposition process and encumber the channels.
The taller the trees that surround your home, the more often you need to clean your roof’s drainage system. To help reduce the chances of clogging, install gutter guards.
2. Eradicate Moss
Of all kinds of organic growth, moss should concern you the most. Moss collects water, putting the moisture level of your residential roofing materials above the water threshold for extended periods. It’s easier to kill at its infancy, but any means of eliminating it needs professional assistance to ensure safety and efficiency.
3. Ventilate Attic Adequately
Condensation is one of the consequences of poor attic ventilation. With nowhere to go, the moisture in trapped warm air turns into liquid upon touching colder objects. As a result, the underside of your roof dampens.
Further, inadequate roof ventilation is a risk factor for shingle blistering. When blisters pop, they can dislodge the protective granules of asphalt shingles.
4. Don’t Give Leaks a Chance
Roofs generously give warnings before leaks occur, but they’re not always apparent. It takes regular inspections to spot and repair them early enough. When broken flashings, shingles and gutters are fixed ahead of storms, expect your residential roofing system’s structural integrity to remain intact.
Stop moisture damage before it happens with Alpine Roofing Construction. Call us at (214) 380-4607 to give your roof the TLC it needs and get a free estimate. We serve Arlington, Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, along with other nearby TX areas.