Today's Tuesday Tip comes from our friends at Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration. Guest author, John Anderson has outlined some things that home owners should consider when evaluating, protecting or repairing their roof, and he's put together a snazzy infographic to boot!
What You Should Know About Your Roof From Your Friends at Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration
When buying or selling a home, there is a lot to consider. Owning a home has its own considerations as well. One of the major factors that you should consider when buying or selling, and that should receive your attention once the home is yours, is your home's roof. I'm John Anderson from Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration, and I know a lot about quality roofing and its importance, so I'm sharing my knowledge in this helpful infographic. You can use this graphic to learn the parts of your roof, the risks that can threaten your roof's structure and integrity, and also the materials available to you once it is time to make a replacement.
Here are some of the highlights from What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Roof:
From the Top...
Your roof is covered with shingles, tiles or shakes. Most homes use asphalt shingles as their cover material. Underneath this later of shingles will be an underlayment, usually of felt. Supporting these two layers is the sheathing. The sheathing is the plywood or other firm material that sits on the rafters. The rafters and sheathing work together to support the weight of the shingles. Though seldom seen unless you take a trip to your attic, the sheathing is an important protective feature of your roof. If your sheathing is damaged or degraded, it will need to be repaired or replaced.
Seen and Unseen Risks
You probably know that severe winds and ice damage can take their toll on your roof. But roofs take daily wear from sunlight, rain and other conditions as well. Over time, this wear will begin to show. Regular inspections will help you stay on top of your roof's condition and make timely repairs. Beyond conducting regular inspections after a storm, you should also be on the lookout for discoloration that can indicate moisture build-up. Don't let algae or moss get a foothold on your roof either. Over time, the growth of these organic creatures will degrade your shingles. Finally, if you have shade trees growing near your home, be sure to keep limbs trimmed away from your roof.
These are just a few of the highlights from the infographic. Take some time to look over the rest of the information to gain the knowledge you need to take care of your roof.
Blog post and infographic by John Anderson of Severe Weather Roofing and Restoration in Loveland, CO.