Our Dallas office staff often fields calls from worried homeowners, concerned about their residential roofing. The first thing we tell every caller is to stay off the roof, no matter what the trouble is. Roofs are dangerous places, and inexperienced amateurs can slip and fall. So we have gotten into a routine in the front office to caution callers to leave residential roofing to your local, friendly roofing contractor. Still, we can offer some other, helpful advice on keeping your Dallas home’s roof in peak condition.
How can you do residential roofing maintenance while staying off the roof? With an extension ladder, if your Dallas home is two stories or taller. From a ladder, you can keep off the roof and still perform some much-needed maintenance. So our first tip is the same one our office staff doles out: stay off your roof! You do not have the safety equipment, fall protection, and experience our trained crews have, so please: Stay. Off. Your. Roof.
Clean gutters are essential in a complete roof system. Clogged gutters cause water to back up, often rotting the fascia strip behind the gutter. This allows insects and rodents entry into your home’s attic. Clogged gutters also allow water to directly infiltrate behind your exterior walls, between outside and inside walls, where mold and mildew can thrive unseen.
Flashing and Boots
From the safety of the extension ladder, you can assess the metal flashing around chimneys, in valleys, and the rubber boots around sanitary stacks and other piercings in your roof. Dallas’s strong sunlight degrades rubber boots quickly, leading to water infiltration into your attic or down the standpipe.
Loose metal flashing means an adhesive or mechanical fastener has failed. Missing metal flashing means a leak is bound to happen. Flashing maintenance requires professional help.
The last tip is to visit your home’s attic. Observe the underside of your roof. If you see daylight anywhere, you have a problem that requires professional maintenance. If you see black mold on the underside of the sheathing, or soggy insulation, you have a roofing leak.
Most of these maintenance tips are information gathering on your residential roofing, and that is as it should be. For residential roofing repair, turn to professionals. Contact Accord Construction today to find out how we can get the necessary residential roofing maintenance and repair work done safely, correctly and affordably.
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