There are ways you can make your roof stronger and help provide more protection for your home. They are simple solutions. Some of them start with basic maintenance and pro-active care. She should consider others when it is time for a new roof.
Trees located near the home should not be allowed to overhang the roof, and the branches should never be allowed to rub on the roofing. This can cause premature failure of the roof and result in water stains on ceiling inside of the home.
Gutters should be cleaned regularly to prevent water from overflowing and forcing its way under shingles. Always use a ladder when cleaning gutters, do not walk on the roof to clean the gutters. Moving about on the shingles can dislodge the protective granules and weaken the roof.
Check your roof after big storms. Use a pair of binoculars to do this from the ground. Look for shingles that are curled, torn or lifting from the roof deck and call for immediate repair. Being proactive with small problems like this can prevent them from turning into major issues.
There are protective measures that can be taken when you have Oklahoma roofers replacing shingles. Here are some of the steps they should take to make your roof stronger.
Strip off the old roofing material. A new roof should always be installed over the original roof sheathing. Second layers of shingles are never recommended, especially in windy areas like Oklahoma City.
Refasten the roof sheathing. Make sure that the company uses 8d ring-shank nails or 2-inch long #2 screws to refasten the roof decking to the trusses. It takes only a few moments to look for areas that are coming loose and reattach them. Doing so can help make your roof stronger and more prepared for the next storm.
Always use a proper underlayment and ice guard. Ice guard is needed along the lower edge of the roof to protect your home from ice dams. Regular roofing felt or a synthetic underlayment must be placed along with the rest of the roof to protect the roof deck from the shingles and prevent the shingles from sticking as the roof expands and contracts.
Making your roof stronger really is as simple as following these basic steps. By being observant and taking care of your roof, you can extend its life. When hiring a contractor, ask about having the roof deck checked and reattached if necessary. Here at Robbins Roofing, Inc., we believe in doing what we can to ensure that your roof is strong and prepared. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about what we can do for your home and your roof.