8 Roof-Related Things You Need to Know

8 Roof-Related Things You Need to Know – Four Seasons Roofing – Seattle, Snohomish, Everett, Bellevue
You’ve got roofing questions, and we’ve got roofing answers.

Your home’s roof safeguards your family and everything inside. Despite the fact that it rarely receives the appreciation and attention it merits, it generally does a fantastic job. Here are some things about your roof and how to maintain it that you should be aware of.

Q1:  What, in your opinion, makes for the best roofing to put on a new house?

A:  The best of anything is typically based on location and climate, just like with any building material. For almost anywhere, metal roofing meets all the requirements. It ranks at the top of the list of favorites due to its appeal and versatility in any environment and regardless of the weather.

Q2:  How can you tell if your roof was installed properly?

A:  After the roof installation is finished, conduct a thorough inspection. All of the vents and rubber boots around penetrations ought to have been replaced by your preferred roofer. There should be brand-new flashing all the way around chimneys and in valleys. Visually, the roof should be uniform in color and appear to have clean, straight lines throughout.

Q3:  How should your roof be cleaned?

A:  A roof rarely needs to be cleaned in the majority of circumstances. However, an occasional cleaning will be necessary if your roof is prone to growing moss or other types of growth. When afflicted areas appear, combine bleach and water in a garden sprayer and apply the solution there. Use a garden hose to rinse. Water won’t get under the shingles if you rinse from above. Extreme caution should be exercised because a wet roof could become slick. A pressure washer should never be used on any kind of roof, and scrubbing is also generally not a good idea.

Q4: We are aware that roofs “breathe,” but what exactly does that entail in terms of upkeep?

A: Attic ventilation enables moisture and extremely cold or hot air to escape before they enter the interior of your home. The only upkeep required for your attic is to store as few boxes and other items in it as possible. The vent system may become ineffective if something in the attic restricts airflow.

If you must store something in your attic, do so as low and near the center of the house as you can to avoid obstructing airflow. Avoid damaging the insulation or blocking any vents.

Q5:  What factors affect a roof’s lifespan and how long do they typically last?

A: An asphalt shingle roof will last roughly 15 years if it is completely neglected. Perhaps an additional 10 to 15 years in mild climates. Slate or metal, which are more durable roofing materials, can last 50 years or longer.

The main factor influencing lifespan is the weather. Even if the installation of a roof was flawless, wind and sunlight can cause serious damage. Trees can provide protection from the sun’s rays or cause serious harm. Avoid having tree branches touch the roof, and take out any dead ones to prevent them from falling.

Q6:  What are the most recent trends in roofing?

A: Metal roofing is growing in popularity everywhere. It simply outperforms every other type of roofing material currently in use.

Q7:  Where on a typical two-story home’s roof are the weak points?

A:  Anything sticking out from the roof plane creates a potential weak spot regardless of the type of roof you have. There is additional flashing around chimneys and where the roof meets dormer walls.

Q8:  How often should your roof be inspected?

A: The typical homeowner can examine their roof visually from the ground at any time. It is recommended to do so twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. If you have several trees over your roof, it’s best to check on it once a month and also right after a storm.

Call Four Seasons Roofing, your dependable roofing company, right away if you see anything that seems out of place or if you see any damage, and we’ll send a professional inspector to take a look.