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How to Prevent Water Damage on Your Roof

Every year, homes in the U.S. are impacted by severe storms that can leave residents displaced and homes in shambles. In fact, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information, losses across the U.S. exceeded $1 billion from weather and climate disaster events in 2017. With spring showers just around the corner, take the below precautions to ensure the monsoons outside don’t make their way in.

Shape up your shingles

The shingles on your roof are doing much more than providing your home with a pleasing aesthetic. Shingles provide your home with a barrier from the elements but they can’t do their job effectively if they’re damaged or missing. One way to know if your shingles need repairing is if you notice debris from shingles in, or near, your yard. Another indication would be to look at your roof to see if you notice any clusters of discoloration. If you’ve noticed one, or both, of these indicators, then it’s time to shape up your shingles.

Keep your gutters cleared

Gutters provide a way for water to make its way off your roof. If your gutters are clogged, rainwater will begin to collect on your roof, making leaks much more likely.

Check up on your attic

You remember that place you rarely visit that houses moth balls and old family heirlooms? Well, you should be visiting it pretty regularly. Make it a point to visit the attic once per week, especially after any severe weather, to make sure the ceiling isn’t damaged. Even if you don’t detect a leak, your attic ceiling can give you other signs that there’s been damage done. Mold, stains or discoloration, warped wood, etc. are all implying that you may have a leak on your hands.

If you’ve noticed any of the above signs, prevent your home from enduring more damage by repairing or replacing your existing roof. Or, if you’re still not sure, leave it to a professional! Tri-State Home Improvement offers free estimates for our services, so call a Tri-State professional at 866-583-6700, or, fill out our request form to receive your free estimate!

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Five tips to make your roof last longer

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A new roof is one of the most important investments you will make in your home. Check out today’s blog for five tips from Hank on how to keep it in good shape for years to come.

Inspect every six months

Catching little problems and fixing them early will help keep normal wear and tear from turning into a big mess and an even bigger repair bill.

Every six months use a pair of binoculars to inspect your roof for shingles that have shifted, buckled or are missing. Also look for nails popping up, which is a sign of a larger problem. The spring and fall are good times to perform this check-up, but it’s also a good idea to take a look after major storms.

Keep your gutters clear

Your roof’s job is to keep water out of your house, but that can’t happen if there’s no good way to lead rainfall and snowmelt away from the house.

That’s why regular gutter cleanings are very important. Check your gutters regularly for debris and trim your trees so they don’t hang over the roof to ensure water can flow off your roof, into the gutters and downspouts without a problem.

Deal with moss right away

Moss on your roof is more than just an eyesore. It can cause pitting in shingles and excessive growth can lift the shingles up and separate them from your roof.

If you have a moss problem, call a professional, like Hank and the Tri-State crew, to evaluate it. You may be able to clean it off, but extreme cases will require the roof to be replaced.

Once you’ve removed the moss, make your home less moss-friendly by trimming trees to reduce the amount of shade on your roof.

Add extra blown-in insulation

Not only will the proper amount of insulation help lower your utility bill, but it also helps eliminate temperature exchanges between your home and attic which can cause damaging water condensation.

To tell if you need more insulation, go into your attic and check if the insulation is level with your rafters or if it sits below them. If the insulation sits below the rafters, then you need more insulation.

Maintain proper ventilation

Making sure your roof has proper ventilation will also help prevent damage from water condensation. The amount and type of ventilation you need varies according to the type of roofing material you used and size of your home. Contact a professional to ensure your attic is properly ventilated.

If you have concerns about your roof, Hank and the Tri-State Windows, Siding & Roofing crew are happy to take a look. Just click here and fill out the contact form to schedule your appointment to have your roof inspected by the pros.