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Heavy rains and poor roofing do not go well together and as the rainy season has started, now more than ever it is important that your home’s roof is in top shape to weather any storm that may come by and give you and your family that peace of mind knowing that you are safe and secure when indoors.
Today we have brought you 5 tips for protecting your roof from heavy rains:
Clean your guttering – Overtime your guttering can become clogged from accumulated debris, such as dirt and leaves. This obstruction slows down the flow of water through the guttering and decreases its efficiency. If badly clogged, it can be near impossible for any rainwater to descend into your guttering. Your roof and guttering goes hand in hand and if your guttering is clogged, the water flow from your roof will create an overspill that could damage both guttering and roofing in the long-term.
Perform a check of the entire guttering system for your roof and ensure that it is free of any debris that could affect the flow of rainwater. You can use a broom to help dislodge any debris, before flushing it out with a hose.
Fix roof leaks early – Whether shingle roofing or galvanize roofing, all roofs have the potential for leakage. This can come about as a result of poor installation or wear and tear over time. If your roof has leaky areas, isolate these leaks and repair early.
With shingle roofing, fixing a leak may require you to replace a broken shingle entirely to solve the problem. For galvanize sheeting roofs, you may fix a leak quickly and temporarily with the use of adhesive sealing tape like Flashband.
Replace old or damaged sheeting – Roofing materials are not designed for lifelong use and can lose their integrity if damaged, or through wear and tear overtime. Perform a careful check of your roof and look for any sign of old or damaged shingles or sheeting.
In the case of galvanize sheeting, the best course of action would be to remove the entire layer of sheeting and replace with a new sheet. For a shingle roof, remove and replace any damaged or worn shingles that may cause leakages.
Clear trees and obstructions – Objects such as trees, branches and structures installed too closely to your roof can cause damage during heavy rainfall, particularly heavy rains accompanied by strong winds. These conditions can lead to uprooting of trees and snapping of branches, and if located close to your home, will lead to direct damage to your roof or worse.
Prune or consider removing any trees near your home entirely and avoid erecting any structures too close to your home. If there are power lines located next to your trees and home, contact your utilities provider for assistance before acting.
Adjust your roof pitch – The slope of a roof or the roof pitch, is designed to help water slide downwards into your guttering. Sometimes roofs may be poorly installed and lack a slope and this causes water to pool in some areas instead of flowing. This is common in the “flat” roof style, but it can lead to long-term roof problems, particularly in tropical climates that have frequent rain during the year.
Flat roofs or roofs that do not have the recommended pitch can lead to consistent pooling of water and this causes your roof to weaken over time, causing rusting and leaking.
The recommended roof pitch is between 40 degrees and 50 degrees for maximum efficiency in dispersing rainwater. If your roof has areas that pool water, consider adjusting the roof to a sharper pitch to facilitate the flow of water.
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