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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.

Reasons Your Roof May Be Leaking

In Tucson, many do-it-yourself homeowners will often be perplexed when it comes to more technical things like roof repair – and especially so when those repairs involve roof leaks.

It’s difficult to determine exactly why your roof may be leaking, but there are several possibilities you should consider, most of which require hiring a professional roof contractor like Alan Bradley to administer the repairs.

 

Possibilities for roof leaks include, but are not limited to, the following:

Shingles or Shakes Missing

With missing/blown-off shingles or shakes your roof could easily obtain water ingress and begin leaking into your home. For a few shakes or shingles, DIY is possible, but most often you’ll want to hire a professional.

Large Object Damage

To state the obvious: large tree limbs or other falling objects can easily puncture a hole into your roofing system. This is often easy to diagnose, but shouldn’t be taken lightly or fixed without the help of a roofing contractor like Alan Bradley.

Moisture Back-up Around Penetrations

This can be more prominent in places with more snowfall, but with the monsoons we get in Tucson precipitation could very well back-up and puddle near vents, chimneys, and other such penetrations.

As such, your roof may begin to leak if the integrity of the roofing around those penetrations fails to uphold the backed-up moisture.

Life Expectancy Expired

A more common occurrence when I comes to roof leaks is simply that the roofing system itself is outdated or expired. If your roof is old and it’s time for a replacement, don’t wait!

Get the job done before any leaks or other such problems begin to eat away at your home!

Poor Installation by Roof Contractor

An unfortunate possibility is also that your previous roof contractor has poorly installed your roofing system and it is leaking due to this disservice.

No sweat! Call Alan Bradley and we’ll consult you to see what your best option is to fix the installation issues.

bad-roof-flashing-installRoof Flashing Failure

If your roof has flashing installed around skylights, chimneys, etc., then it’s very possible that storm damage or damage by other service workers could potentially cause leaking in those areas.

Keep in mind also that holes in your flashing are in immediate need of repair.

 

Most homeowners can handle fixing or preventing minor damages, even to their rooftops, but roof leaks specifically can be rather tricky, and that is exactly why we recommend hiring a contractor instead.

This is simply because a failed roof leak repair can only make things much worse, in that your roof’s integrity may be further compromised without you being aware.

A full roof replacement can be quite expensive, so you wouldn’t want to risk such a costly investment by stubbornly overlooking the potential damage that roof leaks can cause to your home.

Consult with Alan Bradley Roofing of Tucson AZ if your roof is leaking and we’ll be sure to get your roof repaired in no time!

Plan Your Roof Inspection Now!

Damaged leaking roof in need of repairHow long can your roof withstand the sudden weather changes that come with living in the Tucson valley?

That depends on how well you take care of your roof and if you have proper inspection and maintenance done by a qualified roof contractor when needed.

Many people wonder what to do though if their roof seems to be holding up just fine. What’s the best way to go about choosing when to have it inspected?

Well, with the recent change from mellow winter weather to something more wet and windy, now isn’t too bad of a time to plan your next inspection – especially if you’ve been beating around the idea for some time now!

Storms and high winds are almost like black-lights to invisible ink when it comes to roofing; after they pass, a quality inspection can potentially reveal some normally hidden flaws in the integrity of your home’s roofing system.

As we’ve said many times before, roof repair is most costly when you don’t catch the early symptoms of potential future damage. So you would be wise to plan a roof inspection annually with your local roof contractor, Alan Bradley!

It can seem like a non-factor, or a hassle for most people to get around to such things, but all it takes is a quick call and a free estimate and you’ll know exactly where you and your roof stand.

Let Alan Bradley Roofing take care of you today! Call us at 520-300-9983, Mon-Sat., 8am-5pm.

 

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