4 Roof Repair Jobs To Add To Your List Of Summer Home Maintenance Projects

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4 Roof Repair Jobs To Add To Your List Of Summer Home Maintenance Projects

Roof repair and maintenance is a year-round job but there are certain things you can do during summer to prevent minor problems from turning into major damage during the winter months when harsh winds and cold conditions can cause havoc.

1. Look After Your Attic Ventilation during a roof repair

Ventilation is an aspect of roof maintenance that is often overlooked, however, it can play an essential role in increasing the longevity of your roof. When moisture is allowed to build up inside the attic during cold weather, it can cause a significant amount of damage to the roof structure. Most of the build-up of moisture is caused by the formation of condensation when warm interior air comes into contact with cold air in the attic. When condensation cannot evaporate naturally, it often causes mold growth that could spread throughout the house and if left unchecked can compromise the roof deck and even rot the wooden rafters. As this type of damage is mostly invisible, you won’t even know that it is occurring until it is too late at which point the damage has become blatantly obvious.

2. Clean Your Gutters and Install Gutter Guards during roof repair

Most homeowners understand that keeping their gutters clean can prevent a range of issues. Dead leaves and other debris can block gutters, causing them to overflow. Pools of water forming around the foundation of the house can cause unsightly hard water stains on your wood or vinyl siding that can be extremely problematic to remove.

Blocked gutters not only interfere with the basic function of gutters to channel water away from the exterior of the building in order to prevent water damage to the external walls, but it can also cause water to back up under the shingles of the roof, causing them to rot. This can reduce the life of the shingles as well as damage to the rest of the roof structure.

3. Get New Soffits and Fascia

Soffit and fascia boards are another aspect of a roofing system that, like attic ventilation, is often misunderstood. Not only do they improve the curb appeal of your home, but they also play an important role in protecting the rafters of your house. Their fundamental role is to cover and protect the area underneath where the roof overhangs the eaves. This is a particularly vulnerable part of your home where wind can easily blow water up and under the eaves and even into the house itself. Without proper soffit and fascia boards, extensive damage can be caused to the exterior walls and the lifespan of the roof deck and rafters can be dramatically reduced.

4. Replace Your Skylight — Or Get a New One!

Skylights are an important feature of any home, particularly in Canada where daylight is often at a premium due to the long and dark winters. Southern Star Roofing can help you with your skylight install. Skylights have proven to offer homeowners a range of positive benefits including increased energy levels and improving the chances of getting a healthy dose of vitamin D from available sunlight during the day. Skylights can also significantly reduce your reliance on artificial light, helping you save money on reduced electricity bills. They are also an incredible aesthetic feature that can help add value to your home. Call us today for a quote.

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