Keeping up with scheduled roofing maintenance is just one of the many things that you can do to help prolong your roof’s service life. In this blog, roofing and window contractors Silver Leaf Contracting shares some of the things you can do that can benefit your roof’s service life.
Don’t Ignore Leaks
Whether you find it during a routine inspection or your ceiling starts dripping during heavy rain, leaks are not something that you should ignore. Climb into your attic and inspect the source of the leak: rainwater rarely flows down in a straight line. While the actual repair work will be done by your roofing contractor, knowing the extent of the damage will help manage your expectations and avoid surprises as you plan roof repairs. Putting off repairs for later can encourage increased indoor humidity, which may result in damage to the ceiling and roofing structure, as well as mold growth.
Perform Visual Inspections
Roofing and siding companies like us recommend conducting regular visual inspections of your roof at least once a year between roofing maintenance appointments. You’re not expected to perform repairs, but merely take note of signs of damage that you may find—holes, impact damage and missing shingles or flashing, to name a few—and arrange for repairs as soon as possible.
You can perform your inspections by taking a good pair of binoculars out on a clear day, and taking notes as you go. Or you can take the high-tech route by recording high-resolution video using a remote-controlled drone. You can then review the video later with your roofing contractor.
Know Who to Call in Case of Emergencies
The first few hours after a storm passes are critical. Repairs have to be arranged as early as possible to prevent further damage. The first number you should call is your roofing contractor. They will need to properly document the extent of the damage before cleaning crews arrive.
The next should be your insurance provider. Ideally, your roofing contractor should have proper documentation and an estimate by the time an insurance adjuster arrives. With complete documentation, your claim should be processed as early as possible. Make it a point to ask how much your deductibles will be. This will be deducted from your insurance payout, and you will pay for this out of your own pocket.