Building a custom home is a great experience. But sticking within your budget can be difficult. When figuring out how much your new home is going to cost, you usually have to think in terms of square footage. But there are ways to increase your square footage and still save. For example, building up by adding a second story on the house is less expensive than building out, because that’s less area that will need a foundation and roof coverage. I started this blog to help you find ways to get the space that you need in your custom home, without having to spend more than you can afford. Building my custom home was the best money I ever spent, and I’m happy to help you learn how to get the custom home you want.
Proper maintenance and repairs are necessary for your roof, regardless of the type of roofing system you have. However, until you have a major problem, it is difficult to determine when you need certain repairs. It helps to know about the bigger problem area and risks so you can inspect these areas on a regular basis.
Damage to the Shingles or Tiles
The main area of your roof is actually one of the biggest problem areas to be aware of. This is because asphalt shingles, metal panels, and various types of roofing tiles can experience different types of damage. From shingles that are torn off the roof to cracked tiles, this puts the underneath membrane at risk of damage, which can then cause a leak inside your attic or the top floor of your home. You should be inspecting the roofing materials on a routine basis to look for any signs of wear or damage. Don't take damage lightly, as it could be a sign of something more serious looming.
Gutters and Downspouts
The gutters and downspouts of your roofing system might also give you multiple problems. The main problem with gutters is that they can fill up with leaves, twigs, dirt, and debris, which then creates a blockage. When water ends up on the roof, it should drip down to the gutter, where it glides down the gutter and down the downspouts. This keeps the water away from your home and from soaking into your roof, causing damage. However, if the gutters are not cleaned regularly, the water sits in the gutter, creating sludge. This extra weight can cause damage to the gutters themselves, which can then cause excess pressure on the downspouts. Just cleaning your gutters and downspouts will prevent this problem.
The Roofing Membrane
The membrane on your roof is the layer beneath the shingles, panels, or tiles. This is also a common area of trouble with your roof and can often be more severe than having cracked tiles or shingles. If there is damage to the membrane, it often leads to a leak inside your home. If you have any missing roofing materials, look down to the revealing membrane layer. Look at its overall condition for signs of wear or damage, such as splits, cracks, or blisters. If you notice any of these forms of damage, you need to contact a roofer to have it repaired or replaced.
For more information, contact a local roofing repair or supply company like American Building & Roofing Inc.Share
5 February 2016