For both homeowners and business owners alike, the thought of performing preventative maintenance on one’s rooftop may not occur until a leak has sprung and it is too late for anything beyond emergency response measures; something roofing specialists say they see all too often.
A few small drops of condensation and moisture may not seem like a big deal during the sweltering heat of summer, but it is during these warm months that action must be taken in order to avoid potential disaster when the frigid cold of a Northern winter settles in once again. As most of us learned in elementary school science class, water expands when it freezes. If this water happens to be contained within a commercial or residential rooftop at the moment this freezing occurs, there is a good chance that whatever it is that is containing this water will crack, splinter, or even burst.
From roofing joists to plumbing, there simply are not a whole lot of places within a building’s structure where this would be considered a good thing. According to most roofing specialists, the number one cause of preventable damage to one’s roof is small, seemingly harmless permeations in a roof’s surface.
For this reason, roofing specialists recommend a thorough summertime inspection be performed each and every year. With an expert eye, damage can be located and corrected long before the harmful effects of winter have a chance to settle in. Not only can this save headaches and costly repair bills in the future, it can literally stop a business from having to shut its doors for several months or more. For residential roofs, the stakes are obviously even higher, as no one wants to see a family out on the street because of easily preventable water damage.
Much like other aspects of property maintenance, the trick is to simply stay ahead of the game by preventing problems before they occur…and hiring an expert team to perform thorough inspections is the only way to start.