Not every part of your roof system is actually attached to your roof. When inspecting your roof and doing routine maintenance, don’t overlook these important components:
Fascia is the border that runs along the edge of your roof. It forms a barrier between the elements and the edge of your roof. It also prevents weather from damaging the interior of your home. And fascia makes your home prettier by giving the edge of your roof a smooth, even appearance.
The number one case of damage to fascia is moisture. Look for damage indicators like rot, soft spots, flaking or loose boards. Contact Ready 2 Roof immediately if you see signs of damage.
Soffit is the part of the overhang that forms a ceiling. If your soffit has small holes in it, it is called a vented soffit. The small holes circulate air prevent damage by pulling heat and moisture away, ventilating the attic and preventing rot in the sheathing and rafters.
Vinyl is the material of choice for most soffits. It is less expensive and more water resistant than other materials. When cleaning out your gutters, inspect your soffit for holes, cracks, rotting and gaps that would allow water, insects or small animals to invade your home.
Gutters protect your roof and home’s exterior by directing water away from the roof, walls and foundation.
The number one problem with gutters is blockages. Stopped up gutters and downspouts can cause water to back up and spill over into your roofing system.
The weight of debris in your gutters and downspouts can cause them to separate from the fascia, bending the hangers that secure the gutter to your home.
Fortunately, gutter system repairs can usually be completed by the homeowner. Hangers can wear out after years of use but are inexpensive and easy to replace. Caulk can fill small gaps and holes. Patch kits can take care of larger holes.
To ensure that water is flowing properly, angle your gutters so that they pitch toward the downspouts. If you have standing water and your gutters and downspouts are not stopped up, you may not have enough pitch to facilitate water flow. The rule of thumb is approximately 1/4 inch of slope for every 10 feet of gutter.
Make sure water won’t pool near your foundation by extending the open end of downspouts about five feet away from the house. Gutter extensions are cost efficient, come in a variety of shapes and can be decorative.
If you have issues with your gutters or want an estimate for the installation of a gutter system for your home, contact Ready 2 Roof. We take care of your whole roof, even the parts that aren’t actually on your roof! Call us today at 601-573-1160.
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