Your roof is one of the primary sources of protection you have from the outdoor elements. Which is why we suspect most people assume that their home would have a waterproof roof. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. From faulty materials and installation mistakes to damages, a lack of roof upkeep, and a general lack of maintenance can cause you and your roof some serious problems. Thankfully, we’re here to help you understand the five steps you can take to ensure that your home has a waterproof roof!
Don’t Cut Corners
Before we get into the waterproofing steps, let’s talk about a very important note. While it may seem like an obvious statement, when it comes to making sure you have a waterproof roof, you get what you pay for. Especially in locations that receive a lot of rain or experience frequent hurricanes, such as Florida or Louisiana, or where snow is more common, such as in Tennessee, it’s important to ensure that your contractor is meeting the correct requirements with materials and their standard of work.
- Yard Maintenance
Believe it or not, the amount of time and work that you put into your yard maintenance could be impacting whether or not you have a waterproof roof. Trees that are located near your home or business can deposit leaves, branches, and other materials onto your roof. When these materials aren’t cleared off, they can create pools of water, both on your roof as well as in your gutters. Did you know that a single cubic foot of water weighs up to 62lbs? That’s the last thing that you want sitting on top of your roof!
To combat the buildup of leaves and sticks on your roof and in your gutters, set aside time each month to examine your gutters for piles of leaves and debris that can cause water backup. This is especially important if you live in a state like Tennessee, where the changing of seasons from summer to fall can land quite a few leaves on your roof. You can also choose to invest in gutter guards. Gutter guards are pieces of material that help block materials and debris from falling into your gutters, while still allowing water to flow through. There are several options to choose from when it comes to both visual appeal and price point. A professional roofer can help point you in the best direction for your home, taking into consideration the climate, age of your roof, and any trees or foliage that may be impacting your gutters.
- Repair Damage
Did you know that a single damaged shingle can allow water to seep into your home? Not only can this added moisture be damaging to your roof and the structure of your home, but it can also cause mold and mildew problems to develop. In addition to normal wear and tear, shingles can also be torn off a roof during a particularly windy day, or during a storm. Homes in areas prone to hurricanes, such as Florida, should take additional measures to ensure that they are aware of the damage that occurs to their roof following strong weather events. While it may be possible to replace one or two damaged shingles yourself, a professional roofer can help you evaluate the structural integrity, as well as the condition of the shingles around the damaged area. This can help prevent a costly repair or replacement in the future
- Insulate Your Attic
Another place that you should pay close attention to when thinking about whether or not you have a waterproof roof is your attic. Proper attic insulation can ensure that heat is kept to the interior of the home. This helps prevent drastic temperature fluctuations in the attic, which can lead to the roof being damaged or warped. Working with a roofer or a professional contractor to re-insulate your attic can be a critical step in ensuring your attic is an ally to your roof.
- Add a Water Repellent Layer
Adding a water repellent layer to your roof seems like common sense. But unfortunately, if you hired a less reliable roofing company in an attempt to save money, you may have been duped. Ensuring your roof has a water repellent layer is one of the best ways to ensure a waterproof roof, especially in areas like Florida that receive a lot of rain, or states such as Tennessee that experience annual snowstorms.
- Heat and Seam Tape
If you have concrete roofing, seam tape can be an invaluable resource for keeping your roof safe from water. As its name suggests, seam tape is a rugged peel and stick product that is used to secure and reinforce roof seams. It can be purchased from your local home improvement store and is relatively easy to apply. When done correctly, it can help prevent water from seeping in through the spaces between your shingles.
Another product that can help ensure a waterproof roof is heat tape. This product is beneficial to homeowners in colder climates because it helps prevent ice from forming on your roof and gutters. This keeps your roof from buckling under the intense weight of ice during snowstorms, as well as helps prevent icicles from forming along the edges of your gutters.
Unfortunately, sometimes a roof is just past its prime and needs to be replaced. But don’t panic, At Model City Roofing, we’re here to help ensure that you have the best experience possible. We service a wide area in Florida and Tennessee, and are always here to help ensure your waterproof roof is working for you, not against you!
Model City Roofing offers professional commercial and residential roofing services to Florida customers in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Panama City, and surrounding areas, as well as in the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee. Our contractors are certified, licensed, and insured, so our customers know that they’re getting the best service possible at an affordable price. We also offer 100% financing with no interest and no payments for 18 months. Whether you’re building a new home, replacing an outdated roof, or you’re simply looking for options on how to increase the energy efficiency of your home, we would love to speak with you. Call us today for a free estimate at 888-552-1028, or visit us online at www.modelcityroofing.com.