We practice preventative maintenance on different things as well as on ourselves, so we should not neglect it when it comes to the roof either, whether it be commercial or residential.
Helping your roof stand the test of time brings many other benefits. Increasing a roof`s durability provides better protection against the weather, reduces the physical and financial efforts to make repairs and provides adequate thermal comfort.
The magic word is maintenance. Maintenance must be performed regularly, regardless the type of the roof, and preferably maintained by Dallas general contractor specialists, who know what to look for and have the knowledge and the equipment to identify any vulnerability, without compromising the roof`s integrity. They go beyond the shingles, inspecting all the critical system components (gutters, flashings, vents etc.). They recommend the best course of actions that will help you keep away bigger problems and enjoy the protection provided by a roof maintained in a very good shape. Resolving minor problems and making small adjustments periodically is not expensive and they increase your roof`s lifespan by preventing major roof failures.
Besides maintenance, you can have a durable roof by choosing quality and resistant materials right from the start. Metal and slate are some of the best options if you want your roof to stand the test of time. They are more expensive than other materials, but they are likely to last for a lifetime.
Most homeowners have to deal with roofing problems, at least a few times; these problems vary from small leaks to entire roof failures and require immediate attention and prompt decisions. You do not want an unsafe roof above your head, as it will have a negative impact on the indoor living quality and on the entire structure of the building.
Some parts of a roof are more vulnerable than others and more susceptible to damage.
Roof leaks are mostly caused by cracked flashing (flashings are those weatherproofed pieces of metal installed between roof penetrations and roof coat, or where two roof slopes meet), as well as by broken or missing shingles or tiles, and should be repaired by those experienced in roofing Dallas TX homes.
Gutters represent another vulnerable roof area. They are designed to collect the rain water and evacuate it, through the downspouts, away from the building and its foundation, but they may get clogged with debris, or dislocated by storms and fail to fulfill their purpose.
Roof valleys must also be inspected thoroughly and regularly, as they allow debris built up. During hailstorms, hail tends to accumulate in these roof areas, and then melt slowly into water that may sweep underneath the shingles.
Repairing a roof may be a complex process, so it is not uncommon for people to ask themselves when they should proceed. This is a legit question, considering that timing is very important in roofing work.
When you schedule roof repairs, there are a few factors to consider:
Your own schedule (even if you hire specialists, you probably want to be as present as possible, to make sure that everything goes by the plan)
Your budget (regardless the urgency, you cannot start a roofing repair project if you didn`t make the payment arrangements)
Typically, there are two busy seasons for roofing contractors like JNT Developers – fall and spring. It is important to schedule inspections and maintenance operations during these seasons, but when it comes to repairs, it is in your best interest to schedule them during a slower season. Services tend to be more expensive during peak seasons and contractors are less available.
Summer is a little less hectic, so it is a good time for roofing repair projects. However, the best season to get started with your roof repairs and save the most money is in the off-season time-frame in the winter. Contractors are hungry for work and you can get the best prices. There are some limitations (some roofing materials cannot be replaced when the temperature is too low and roofing specialist cannot work during days with heavy winter precipitation), but this season can be also about sunny days and reasonable temperatures, when roofing operations can be performed conveniently.
There are a few maintenance guides that can help you avoid costly repairs to your business flat roof.
Flat roofs have a very low pitch that is typically not detectable by the human eyes. They have many qualities that make them so popular especially as commercial roofs, but having a long lifespan depends on adequate maintenance operations, performed regularly.
Compared to pitched roofs, flat roofs are more vulnerable to water ponding, but also to splitting and blistering. Splitting is typically caused by freeze thawing, as well as stress, pressure, or poor installation. Ponding happens when the rain water is not collected and evacuated properly by the drainage system of the roof. This happens due to faulty gutters or damaged roofing membrane that creates concave areas. As for blistering, it is caused by trapped air between the felt, which can lead to puncture.
After identifying one or more of these problems, the damaged areas must be cleaned and fixed professionally.
By checking your flat roof regularly, you can avoid these issues turning into a major problem that will cost a lot in terms of money and even downtime for your business.