Proper maintenance is key to roof longevity. However, most property owners are only concerned about the shingles, tiles and sheets – generally the things the eye can see from the ground. Although it’s imperative to routinely pay attention to these items, they’re not the only components that need regular care. Actually, other parts need more care to keep your roof leak-free.
Today, Goodrich Roofing talks about the frequently neglected parts of sloped roofing systems:
The sheathing is the base on which everything is attached, but the rafters carry all of the weight. During inspections, roofing experts assess the structural integrity of the framing lumber to ensure it’s in good condition.
Many leaks happen because of broken flashings. Their sealant corrodes over time, giving your roofing system weaker defense against the elements. As water-resistant barriers, you might as well not have flashings if they’re cracked.
Gutters and Downspouts
An unkempt gutter system is a bigger headache than you think. When clogged, the water could move upward and reach the wood decking instead of flowing out safely. It can also ruin landscaping and damage the foundations.
Further, sagging gutters and downspouts are a hazard. They clearly have hardware issues, causing them to pull away and eventually fall off without warning.
Soffits and Fascia Boards
Being most vulnerable to water damage, soffits and fascia boards require preventive maintenance. In addition to their aesthetic contributions, they have structural roles to play too. Soffits assist in attic ventilation, breathing in air that would push heat and moisture out of your home. Fascia keeps gutters in place and protects your roofing system’s interior wooden components from weather.
Goodrich Roofing specializes in sloped roof tune-ups, general maintenance and storm damage repair. Our goal is to extend your system’s service life for as long as possible and keep the chances of leakage to a minimum. Call us at (505) 219-4450 now to discuss your roofing needs in New Mexico, and get a FREE estimate.