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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.

Tucson Roof Maintenance & Upkeep

In Tucson the weather can be stagnantly bitter, both hot and cold, or wildly unforgiving (monsoons, high winds, floods, etc.) and in both cases your home is always at risk to damage.

Being that your roof is the part of your home most susceptible to weather elements it’s important to maintain a certain level of upkeep on your roofing system.

 

A Few Roof Maintenance Tips

There are a few things you can do as a homeowner to protect the longevity of the investment that is your roof. Some of those things are:

Check Roof Edges

The corners of your roof are the most prone to weather wear and damage. Be sure to check them out and ensure the sealing in that area is suitable and intact. If anything looks off it should be fixed immediately.

tucson-roof-drainCheck Drains & Look for Leaks

Always keep your roof drainage system clear of any debris and make sure it is secured properly to your roof. Also do a check for any cracks or leaks on the roof, and if there are any do a self repair or call for roof repair immediately.

 

Check Your Rooftop

Aside from doing a search for cracks and leaks be sure to do an inspection of all sealants and rooftop equiptment. If anything needs to be resealed or refastened, then making the fix sooner reduces the chance of unexpected weather damage to your roof.

 

Check Around Your Roof

It may not seem obvious, but doing a perimeter check around your home and roof can save you from costly accidents like falling tree limbs or uplifted debris damaging your roof.

Maintain the trees around your roof by cutting any dead branches and also be on the lookout for loose objects and clutter (building materials, wood, home objects, etc.) that could be thrown around in a storm. This helps reduce the chance of damage to not only your roof, but your home in general.

 

By practicing these tips regularly you’ll typically prevent or catch any roof repairs that need to be made before the problem ever gets too serious!

Tucson Flat Roof Systems – Modified Bitumen

In Tucson flat roof systems aren’t something we would consider a rarity. In fact, they are quite common, but did you know there are several types of systems for flat roofs (some better than others)?

One of the best flat roof systems you can invest in is known as bitumen roofing. Also referred to as a ‘modified’ bitumen (MB) roof, this type of system has many advantages compared to your typical tar and gravel system.

MB roofs are superior in that they better prevent leaks, stand up to UV degradation for longer periods, and best of all they are virtually seamless – thus ensuring you get the most out of the insulation beneath.

A bitumen roof has 5 layers including the insulation at the base and the optional, though highly recommended, roof coating on top. In between, your roof gets the strength and durability of modified base sheets adhered (with waterproof and extra strength bonding material) to synthetic, co-polymer bitumen membranes that come reinforced with polyester (or fiberglass).

The benefits of this type of system are endless. Not only does it withstand the harshest desert conditions that we experience in the Tucson valley, but it also is designed to make maintenance easier by better revealing leak locations and other roof repair issues.

Cover your bitumen roof with an application of the highest quality Elastek® roof coating material and you’ve got yourself a force to be reckoned with. Once a year roof inspection is recommended, but generally you won’t see more than a few problems in your new roof’s extended lifetime.

If you’re looking for something similar, but modified bitumen doesn’t quite interest you, we also do built-up roofing! Built-up roofs are more popular amongst residential homes and bitumen amongst commercial businesses, but we have the tools and the professionals to do either or, regardless of it being a commercial or residential building.

In any event, give us a call at Alan Bradley Roofing Tucson AZ (520-300-9983) and we’d be happy to evaluate your roof and consult with you over the best system for your home or business!

Alan Bradley Roof Repair Tucson AZ

When it comes to roof repair in Tucson AZ, think Alan Bradley. We do everything from replacing shingles, to coating flat roofs, and even fixing leaks and addressing ventilation problems.

Our number one suggestion for any homeowner asking themselves whether or not their roof needs to be repaired is – don’t wait!

Roof repair is never something to wait on. The longer you wait the more costly it becomes. If it gets bad enough you may just want to stretch your roof’s life until it needs to be fully replaced, but even then you’ll be costing yourself extra money.

That’s because the wooden sheathing underneath could become rotted and severely damaged to the point where not only do you need a whole new roof, but you also need it’s structural base completely replaced as well. Avoid costly roof repairs in Tucson AZ by calling Alan Bradley. We assess the problem for you with a free estimate and give you the most optimal solution to save you money not only now, but also in the future.

Often times your best solution may involve more than one roofing service. For example, if we repair roof leaks, we’ll typically suggest an elastomeric coating too, to prevent any further problems with your roof’s already penetrable sealing. You may not realize it, but your roof is something that requires essentially constant maintenance.  As such, we prefer to evaluate your whole roof and not just the problem you’ve identified.

Much of the work we do involves revitalizing flat roofs, as most homes or businesses in Tucson fall under this category. There are plenty of pitched roofs in the area as well, and even some homes that have wooden or tile shingles.

Alan Bradley covers a variety of roofing services in Tucson AZ and our knowledgeable staff is always happy to help you set up an appointment and provide a free and accurate assessment of what your roof does and doesn’t need. Trust us and your home will thank you!

For more information you can call us at 520-300-9983, Mon-Fri 8am-5pm, or you can also click back to the main site on the navigation bar at the top of the page and send us an email from our contact page!

 

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