Guest Blog Post by: Jason Lundgren, Young Management Corp.
The roof is a building’s first line of defense from natural hazards like snow, wind, rain, fire as well as extreme heat. In addition, it’s arguably a building’s most vulnerable part.
Oftentimes, your roof is exposed to punishing weather conditions, and this largely contributes to its deterioration, increasing the risk of damage to everything it protects beneath.
This, therefore, implies that as a landlord, you should always ensure that your roof remains in tiptop condition. Besides, it’s your duty to ensure that your property adheres to your state’s habitability laws.
Conducting regular inspections is unquestionably the best preventive care that you can take to safeguard your roof from the elements. The inspections frequency and maintenance, of course, mostly depends on the geographical location of your property.
For example, if your property is located near the sea or in equally inclement conditions, it’ll likely need routine and greater care than a building situated in an area with favorable conditions.
Besides harsh weather conditions, your rental property roof can also get damaged because of:
Poor or faulty installationThis can lead to water damage, the growth of mold and mildew, angry tenants, and other unpleasant side effects.
So, how can you ensure your rental property’s roof is always in good condition? Well, here are 6 tried-and-tested roof maintenance tips.
1. Check the insulation.
The primary function of a roof’s insulation is to act as a thermal barrier for your building. Keeping the building’s hot air and cold air is its job – and it definitely helps keep bills down and its thermal value up.
Proper ventilation and insulation in your attic also help reduce moisture and prevent the formation of ice dams.
2. Re-caulk, if necessary.
Flashings may not hold their seal if low-grade caulking was used when the roof was being installed.
Roof flashing helps direct the flow of water around openings. Without flashing, water will seep into your home causing structural damage. One telltale sign of a damaged roof flashing is large water spots on the ceiling inside your home.
3. Check for moss and algae.
Moss and algae growing on roof tiles and shingles are unsightly. Plus, they are damaging. Left unattended, these organisms can cause damage amounting to thousands of dollars.
To get rid of moss and algae growth:
Trees give us oxygen, food, medicine and a whole lot more. However, one good storm can send branches crashing into your roof.
Trees can damage your rental property’s roof in a variety of ways. These include:
5. Clean the gutters.
Your rental property’s roof can be just as important as your roof. Gutters help direct rainwater so it doesn’t flood your property.
Obstructed gutters can cause:
6. Inspect your roof.
Experts recommend that you do this at least twice every year. When inspecting your roof, look for these problem areas:
Properly maintaining your rental property can not only help you avoid costly repairs but can also help you minimize tenant turnover.
With summer just around the corner and the weather finally warming up, most people are enjoying this time of year, but hot and humid days in the Kansas City, Missouri area are just around the corner. Did you know that the relentless summer sun and extreme heat can cause stress on your home's roof? Here are some items to consider regarding summer weather, roofs and materials from a local Lees Summit roofing contractor to help you out.
All asphalt shingles will eventually become bleached lighter by sunlight, especially in hotter sunnier climates like Texas and Florida, but even here in Missouri, shingles will be affected by the sun. One simple decision that can make a big difference is the color shingle you select. Automatically a lighter shingle color, such as beige, tan or light gray will looked less bleached or dyed with age than a black or other dark roof shingle. Preventing color loss may also keep your house cooler in the summer.
Extreme Heat and Roof Ventilation
A small way you can prevent the impact of extreme heat and heat buildup on your roof is from the inside out. A properly ventilated attic will keep the underside of your roof cooler and help the shingles and roof deck to last longer. Getting a yearly inspection from a roofing professional to assess whether your attic is vented appropriately can really help.
Proper Attic Insulation
As noted above a properly ventilated attic will help keep your roof cool. In the same fashion, an attic that has the proper amount of insulation will help keep an extremely hot roof from transferring that heat into your attic, and then on into your indoor living spaces. So inspect your home's attic for insulation and ventilation in spring or at least before the hottest days of summer arrive, and before your attic is overly warm for inspection.
There are more ways to cool your roof and extend its life, a couple options are shade and protective cooling materials, but these can be expensive options for an existing roof. These few simple tips we've provided can be a very beneficial first step in lessening the impacts of summer heat and sun.
We are an experienced Lees Summit roofing company with over 15 years experience in repair, service and installation.