Gutters are prone to gathering debris like dried leaves, dirt, branches and seeds, which clog up your gutters and prevent water from draining out of your gutters. You have to make sure that your gutters are always clear of debris so that they can perform properly. However, gutter cleaning and maintenance is a dangerous task you shouldn’t tackle on your own. Leave it to the Chattanooga professional gutter installers to work on your gutters. Read more
As winter looms in the distance, the dropping temperatures can result in extra wear and tear on your homes roof. It’s important that property owners in the Chattanooga and North Georgia areas know how to properly maintain their roofing systems. Using the following three tips, you can fend off roofing damage this winter as well as increase its longevity.
Monitor Your Roofs Ventilation Throughout the Winter
Poor ventilation and insulation in your attic can put your roof at risk of becoming damaged during the winter. Inspect your attic for proper ventilation and undamaged insulation. Consistent airflow in the attic is crucial to protect the integrity of your roof. When a home has poor roof ventilation or minimal insulation hot air and moisture radiate into the attic resulting in a cold upper floor and energy loss. Condensation from the roof deck can cause interior water damage, while condensation on the roof deck can cause mildew and wood rot.
Ensure Your Gutters Are Working Properly
Gutters and downspouts should be continually monitored and cleared, if needed. As snow begins to melt, it will need clear routes to drain properly. Any leftover leaves or debris in gutters can clog and obstruct water flow. If water collects in gutters, it can create seriously problems as temperature drop overnight. Standing water can damage your siding, fascia or the foundation of the house. This may be a great time to look into having gutter guards installed on your home.
Correct Issues Before They Become Detrimental To Your Home
At Armor Xteriors we never charge for estimates. We will happily inspect the entire roof and focus on flashing areas, which can be prone to leaking. If damage is found, or issues that could lead to damage, we will thoroughly explain the problem and work with you to provide the best possible solutions.
Your rain gutters are an essential part of your home’s roofing system. They funnel rain and stormwater from your roof away from your home and its foundation. Missing, cracked, broken or clogged gutters can lead to water damage down the exterior walls of your home, and excessive amounts of water dripping or falling over your gutters can damage the foundation and/or leak into your crawlspace. To avoid these problems, it’s encouraged to inspect and maintain your gutters regularly. Read more
The benefits of gutter guards are far reaching and truly do pay for themselves over a short period of time. But as with most things, not everyone agrees they’re worth the time and investment to have them installed. If you’re asking yourself, “do I need gutter guards?” or “are gutter guards really worth the cost?” then this is for you. Read more
A Chattanooga Roofing Contractor knows a roof leak can be a fairly common problem among homeowners. Most property owners simply don’t have the expertise or time to inspect their roofs and resolve issues on their own. Even for professionals, it can be a tricky task to find the source of a roof leak. The source of the leak rarely lines up exactly with where water is found in the home. So at the end of the day, resolving a roof leak can turn into a pricey mission.
Roof leaks can be avoided with a thorough maintenance plan. Here a few simple ways to keep your home in great shape and prevent a leak in your roof.
Get a Drip Edge
A drip edge is both aesthetically pleasing as well as important to make sure that water stays away from the places it isn’t supposed to go.
Drip edges are metal flashing’s that get installed along the edge of a roof. Their purpose is to steer the flow of water away from the fascia. Installing a drip edge protects shingles from water damage that could otherwise cause erosion over time. Drip edges also aid in pest control by preventing critters, insects, and snakes from crawling in. Contact Armor Xteriors to learn more about a drip edge installation.
Inspect the attic
A roof is not the only guilty party when it comes to leaks. Homeowners should also be aware that problems can arise in the attic as well. Complications can stem from the pipe system, old appliances, or water vapor leading to uncontrolled condensation. Be sure to keep your attic properly maintained with sufficient air conditioning, ventilation, and updated appliances.
Check the gutters
Cleaning the gutter isn’t just an unwanted chore to avoid. When debris builds up in the gutter system and it becomes clogged, excess water becomes stagnant and weighs on the roof. After a period of time, this leads to roof rot. And weakened structural integrity and eventually gives way, allowing water seepage into the home.
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This is only a partial list of maintenance suggestions. A Chattanooga roof contractor will be able to further investigate the source of the leak you may be experiencing and can offer individualized suggestions for your building to prevent future leaks.
At Armor Xteriors, our Chattanooga Roofing experts are more than happy to explain just how important a maintenance plan consisting of semi-annual check-ups, and regular minor repairs can be to avoid serious problems down the road.
A quick look at your roof and home’s exterior could reveal minor problems that have begun over the winter, which you can have repaired before they become major issues.
Even if you can’t go up on your roof because it’s too high, you can inspect your shingles, flashings, and chimneys using a pair of binoculars. If you have a flat roof or a single-story home and are able to climb up, do so with caution.
Check for misaligned, cracked or missing shingles, all of which can let water seep in. Also check flashing (those metal pieces where the shingles meet places like your chimney) for rust, and inspect the caulk around pipes or skylights to be sure it hasn’t cracked.
Take a look at the chimney. If it’s masonry, inspect the joints between bricks or stones for pieces that have fallen out or have vegetation growing in them. Both could be signs of water problems.
After you’ve finished inspecting the roof, examine the rest of your home’s exterior. Consider pressure washing your home if it needs it. Then check the exterior paint for chipping. Scrape and touch up any places that have exposed wood, to prevent rot.
If you have more questions about your homes exterior, feel free to give Armor Xteriors a call at (423) 760-3333 to schedule a free in-home consultation and estimate.
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