Haymarket Roof repair Contractor Can Stop ALL Roof leaks
The median age of houses located in Haymarket, Virginia is only about 4 years old, according to real estate firm Coldwell Banker; however, even roofs installed on new homes require annual maintenance inspections to ensure they remain in excellent condition and completely watertight. If you are a Haymarket homeowner, contract with a professional roofing contractor to have your roof and associated structures like skylights, chimneys, ridge vents, gutters, and drainage pipes checked at least once per year to prevent leaks, maintain energy efficiency and extend the life of your roof.
Even new roofs can experience sudden failures in ways you might not expect, making an annual inspection by a licensed and insured roofing contractor absolutely critical for maintaining the integrity of your house, regardless of your roof’s age. For example:
• Insufficient or improperly installed flashing around pipes and ridge vents can let in water or excessive moisture
• Birds and animals can make nests in the wooden structure below the roof overhang called the soffit
• Shingles can fall off or start to peel, allowing water to penetrate and rot the wood underneath
• Clogged gutters can cause algae, mold or mildew to form under the roof or ice dams to form at the eaves in winter
• Rubber seals around rooftop plumbing pipes can crack due to high heat and ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of your annual roof inspection is leak detection, prevention and repair. Homeowners often underestimate the damage water can cause, how expensive it is to fix water damage and how fast rot, corrosion, and decay can occur. In a matter of only a few months, a leaky roof can cause fascia and soffit wood to rot; destroy insulation, drywall and sheetrock; allow insects to breach your house; cause metal flashings, drain pipes, gutters, and fasteners to rust and corrode; and a wide variety of other destructive consequences. Your annual roof inspection will save you money in the long run by diagnosing, preventing and correcting leaks before they undermine the structural integrity of your house.
Like the entire Northern Virginia area, Haymarket is also vulnerable to strong summer thunderstorms with driving winds, pounding rain and hail, making annual roof inspections a necessity to check for possible storm damage. Summer storms wreak havoc on roofs, no matter what their age or type. The ridge cap area of your roof (where the two sides meet on a traditional gabled roof) is particularly susceptible to hail damage, and powerful winds can rip off shingles, flashings or sheathing. Even a handful of missing shingles or roof tiles can allow damaging leaks to form
Your roofing contractor will be able to gauge the effect of both summer thunderstorms and normal weatherization on your roof to project how long it will likely last. Although the National Association of Home Builders estimates the average roof will last 20 to 50 years depending upon type (e.g., slate, asphalt, aluminum, etc.), the severe thunderstorms we experience in the Haymarket area can reduce a roof’s life expectancy.
The only way to counteract this accelerated rate of roof degradation is to conduct regular, continuous maintenance and repair. Some of the ways your Haymarket roofing contractor can extend the life of your roof include applying restoration coatings, cleaning out gutters and downspouts, adding more insulation when necessary, checking ventilation in your attic, cleaning the shingles, removing leaves and debris, replacing worn flashings, and more.
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