Becoming a first time homeowner is very exciting, yet it brings many new responsibilities. You probably have questions about home maintenance — when, how and what systems to service. If so, you’re reading the right article! Following are helpful tips and information about your residential roofing system and how it impacts your home from the chimney top to the foundation.
Residential Roofing Maintenance 101
The most important fact to understand about your residential roofing system is that it needs professional preventive maintenance to continuously and efficiently protect your home. Schedule a roof inspection with a qualified roofing contractor each spring and fall. Also, you should call your roofer immediately following damage, such as felled tree limbs, uplifted shingles due to inclement weather and dents caused by hail or other impacts.
Your Roof, Gutters and Foundation
You know that your roofing system protects your new home from the elements, but did you know that the roofing system also serves to protect your home’s foundation? Here’s how:
- The role of gutters is to convey water away from your roof, exterior walls and the foundation beneath the ground.
- Gutters and downspouts should always be free of obstructions that block water drainage. Blocked water flow spills over the gutters and saturates your property. Eventually, it may soak down and force its way into your basement.
- Downspouts should extend at least six feet from exterior walls.
- Leaky, sagging and gutters that are pulling away from the fascia should be repaired at your earliest convenience.
Preventing Ice Dams
Icicles hanging and glimmering from your roof and gutters may be beautiful to the beholder, but excessive ice buildup isn’t doing your roofing system any favors. Ice dams — the accumulation of ice layers on the eaves — are caused by an inefficient attic.
Your unfinished attic space should maintain the same temperature as the air outside your home — especially when the mercury dips below freezing. Attics need ample ventilation to maintain temperature equilibrium. Your attic should also be air sealed and insulated to R-60, as suggested by the Energy Star program.
When air leaks and poor insulation allow heat infiltration to the attic space, the warmer temperature melts snow and ice on your rooftop, which flows down to the eaves — ice dams!
Work with a reputable residential roofing contractor for the best roof service and performance through the years. Contact Victors Roofing when you need roofing services for your home.