Most homeowners give very little thought to their roofs until it's an emergency. After all, if you have a good roof, you'll hardly notice it's there. However, every roof will need to be repaired or replaced at some point, so it's important that you're versed in some facts regarding your home's roof, so you'll be prepared should you have to call a roofing company in Houston, TX. Here are some things you might be surprised to learn.
This shouldn't take much convincing for residents of Houston. However, the fact that rain falls in all directions is an important thing to keep in mind when it comes to your roof. From the looks of how your roof is designed, it might seem it's intended to protect your home from rain as it falls straight down. A skilled roofer, however, knows that it's rain that's driven by strong winds that can do the most damage. Rain blown sideways - or even upwards such as during a hurricane - can get under roof shingles and do tremendous damage to your roof which can cause leaks if not properly maintained over time.
Leaks are only noticeable when water gets through your roof and into your house. This doesn't mean that "leak" isn't there during dry weather. You just can't feel its effects. A roof without a leak can deflect water until it lays stagnant and is dried by the sun. Over time, the repeated moistening and drying can damage that portion of roof until further rain and wind weakens it further until holes and leaks develop. This is why it's wise to have your roof inspected when the weather is dry, and not wait until the rains start and it's too late.
Water will always find the path of least resistance as it winds its way through your house. That means that the water entering your home can be in an entirely different part of the house than where the leak is actually located. A leak occurring over the kitchen might manifest itself in the living room, or through the walls. The only way to know for a fact where the problem lies is to hire a professional residential roofing contractor. Houston, TX, roofers are not unfamiliar with the challenges involved in locating and resolving leaks in this particularly leak-prone region of the country, so they'll know what to do.
As important as regular maintenance is to keeping your car running, your roof benefits from the same care. If you notice a leak, that means it likely started a long time ago. During that time other sections of your home and roof have been suffering damage as well. If you have your roof regularly inspected and maintained by professionals, it will save you the time and expense of having to go through extensive repairs on a heavily damaged roof.
Being aware of problems with your roof as they occur, and calling a professional to regularly inspect your roof even in dry weather, will save you money and headaches, and keep your home's interior dry even during the wettest months. Contact Corinthian Construction Service to learn more about how we can keep your roof in top shape!