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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.

Shake and Shingle Damages

At Alan Bradley Roofing we service all types of roofs in the Tucson area, from flat roofs to built-up and even modified bitumen systems, but today we would like to discuss what we can do for shake or shingle roofs that have been significantly damaged.

What exactly qualifies as significant damage when it comes to such roofs though?

This question is especially important because some roofing companies may be tempted to ‘swindle’ homeowners into paying for roof repairs they might never have needed in the first place, or at least not until a much later date.roof-wind-damage

Damages or alterations to shingle and shake roofs that are considered purely aesthetic include: discoloration caused by overhanging trees, abraisions from hail that will dissipate over time, multi-colored shingles, painted shingles, semi-curled shakes (< 2″), scuffs, minor heat cracks, or even minor blisters.

All of these issues can be disconcerning to unknowledgable homeowners, and as such they create a potential for overstated estimates when you receive a roof inspection. If your roofing contractor is pointing to these as signs for immediate repair you should first question them in how they affect the overall integrity of the roofing system.

This is just one of many reasons why Alan Bradley suggests you always get quotes from several contractors, both licensed and bonded in the state of Arizona, before continuing with any repairs.

So what exactly does constitute as roof damage to shakes or shingles?

Typically in the Tucson environment damages to these types of roofing systems usually equate to either missing, or severely cracked/curled shakes or shingles.

In the case of missing shakes or shingles, damage is qualified as significant if for whatever reason any of the underlying components of the roof (i.e. the felt beneath your shakes) is openly exposed to the outside elements.

As for cracking and curling, both of these are common reactions to the harsh desert environment we live in, and as such they only become severe after extended periods of time.

Only a professional roof contractor can determine when such damages have gone from minor to major, and as such it would be unwise to diagnose your own roof as this could be creating unnecessary expenses.

As a general rule with shake or shingle roofs, if the shingle mats or underlying felt of your roof shakes are greatly exposed the damage has then taken toll enough on your roof to cause a need for repair.

For quality roof inspections in the Tucson area you can always count on Alan Bradley Roofing to reliably assess the damage to your roofing system and offer a thorough estimate of only the repairs that are necessary.

On the other hand, our professional team of roofers will never overlook significant damage in order to save homeowners money, as this can be the most devastating mistake of all!

Call Alan Bradley Roofing today and let us help to keep your home safe and efficient!

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!

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