Avoid Damage from Rain Drainage

If you don’t take care of your roof and gutters, the raindrops landing on your head can easily wind up damaging your foundation. The fact is that your roof collects an incredible amount of water, and it must be channeled away from the house to protect the structure. Here’s what you need to know about proper drainage around your home.

Path of Least Resistance

Water will always follow the path of least resistance, and that can take it on some surprising paths. Water traveling down your roof can slip underneath shingles that are loose or seep below shingles with curled, damage edges. It may penetrate cracks in a metal valley or slip between loose flashing and the chimney. From there, it can easily travel in to the interior of your home and down into the lower floors. Over time, this commits serious structural damage.

Power of Water

In a well-maintained home, water travels down the shingles and is collected by the gutters.

Using an Extension moves water away from your home.

Using an Extension moves water away from your home.

The gutters move it into the downspouts and away from the home. When it’s allowed to bypass the gutters, it hits the ground directly along the foundation with incredible force. Over time, it erodes the dirt, creates low spots, and starts looking for a new path of least resistance. Quite often, that path goes directly into your basement, crawl space, or under your foundation. Move the water from your downspouts away from your home by directing the water that comes out the end as far away from your foundation as possible. Extending the downspout as far away from your home is a start, but using a simple method as trenching can go a long way to saving your foundation.

Annual Roof Repairs and Maintenance

Protect your foundation by keeping an eye on the roof. After heavy storms, use binoculars to check the shingles on your roof from the ground. If you see signs of damage, including missing or curl shingles, you should call Alan Bradley Roofing to make the repairs. It’s also wise idea to have Alan Bradley perform a thorough inspection every couple of years just to be sure there aren’t any problems with flashing, valleys or other areas.

Clean and Check Gutters

You may hate the idea of cleaning the gutters, but it needs to be done twice a year. This is necessary to avoid a costly roof repair from water backing up onto your roof and below the shingles. Keeping the gutters clean also ensures that rain won’t run up over the exterior edge and turn into a waterfall along your foundation. While you’re cleaning the gutters, check for signs of damage or other problems.

Whether you have a flat roof or high-pitch roof, you can protect your foundation from water damage by keeping the roof in top condition. Professional roofers are more than happy to assist you by making necessary repairs and addressing any problems with your gutters. However, it all relies on you being observant as a property owner, looking for damage and calling Alan Bradley Roofing Company here in Tucson, AZ for assistance when necessary.

DIY: Roofing Lingo

There are many roof related repairs and tasks that a do-it-yourselfer can undertake with confidence, but not many weekend warriors care to take on the task of completely installing an entire new roof themselves. It is to the homeowner’s advantage to sound knowledgeable about the terminology used in roofing, however. It helps when shopping at the local home improvement store and it can allow a roofing professional to be more detailed in explaining what he believes the homeowner needs in a major roofing installation. Here are some key terms.

 Drip Edge

In years past, the bottom edge of a home’s roof always consisted of shingles extending slightly beyond the edge of the roof deck. That is still acceptable in many areas to meet local code, but increasing numbers of municipalities now require that new roof installations include a drip edge. A drip edge is a metal strip under the final run of shingles at the edge of the roof deck. Water still can seep under the exposed edge of the shingles, particularly in hard, wind driven rains. If it seeps under shingles on a roof with a drip edge, it meets only a metal surface it cannot harm. The drip edge prevents damage to the wood roof deck.

 Ridge Vents

Virtually everyone knows that attic areas need to be ventilated to remove excessive heat and humidity. Many homeowners achieve ventilation using a wind- and heat-driven turbine, but ridge vents more effectively provide ventilation for larger areas of the attic. As is the case with the drip edge, many municipalities now require that ridge vents be used in all new residential construction. Some homeowners choose to have ridge vents added. Others choose to replace turbine systems only when the roof needs to be replaced. There are many types of ridge vents available. Some have the appearance of a simple ridge cap, but one trend in roofing is to use contrasting colors or materials for the ridge vent.

 Shingle Quality
Tucson Roofing

Roofs streaked with unsightly dark lines of algae became common shortly after shingle manufacturers began replacing asphalt with fiberglass. The fiberglass was not heavy enough to resist lifting in heavy winds, so manufacturers added limestone to provide needed weight. What no one knew at the time was that algae would see that limestone as a food source. Because algae never grew in areas under metal flashing, manufacturers now offer algae-resistant shingles that still contain limestone but also contain algae-inhibiting metal. This type of roofing shingle is more expensive than shingles that are not algae resistant, but it creates a roof that does not develop those unsightly streaks that eventually require cleaning.
These are just a few of the terms that a homeowner should be familiar with when researching roof options. They provide a foundation that allows the homeowner to ask good questions and make the best decisions about his home.

Contact Alan Bradley Roofing for more information and we will be happy to assist you on all your roofing needs.