- January 10, 2020
- Posted by: alex
- Category: Roofing
Whether you’ve owned a home for some time or only until just recently, there are some important things to know about your residential roofing system. A quality, waterproof roof is important to anyone, so it only makes sense to know what you can about the subject.
In the Chicagoland area, roofs are subjected to a pretty harsh climate at times. Heavy snow that settles on the roof can be a problem, especially if the roofing system is already weakened by neglect. Not only can the weight of the snow and ice cave in the roof, moisture can infiltrate the roofing system and cause rotting, mold, and mildew.
As a homeowner, keeping up with the roof repairs is vital for its longevity. It’s also important in avoiding additional damage that will cost more later. Here are some additional pointers and tips from our Chicagoland roofing contractors at Canga Restoration. If there’s ever anything we can do for you, just let us know!
Waterproof Roof & Moisture Damage
The most important thing you should know about your Chicago home’s roof is that it is the waterproof barrier that protects you, your family, and your belongings. When there’s even just a tiny nail hole, moisture from humidity and rain can infiltrate the structure and cause damages to the materials underneath your roof. If left long enough, mildew can be encouraged to grow in the warmer areas near the heat from your indoor climate. It’s important that roof inspections or a professional roofing contractor assess the condition of the roof every year or two and after any hail storms or snow accumulation.
What Ice & Snow Can Do To Your Roof
Another thing you’ll need to know about your roof structure is that they are constructed with varying pitch. From flat to steeply sloped roofs, the angle of the roof varies. In cold climates like ours with heavy snows and ice, and in higher altitudes, the pitch of the roof helps the roof to rid itself of accumulation.
The weight of snow can cave in your roof if snow and ice buildup is not removed. Ice dams can form along the edge of your roof also, causing a snow and/or ice buildup that is dangerous. Have you ever watched an icicle drop from a high roof or tree? The whole ice dam can fall down on someone. This is another reason that roof maintenance is important.
The Roofing Underlayment
Underneath your shingles, there is a roofing underlayment of some type. This is another waterproof barrier that should be in good shape to protect your Chicago home. If you had a good product installed, it will be very durable as long as the shingles are kept in good shape.
Beneath the underlayment, there is a sheathing. This sheathing is not waterproof because it’s made of plywood. Everything below the shingles and felt underlayment can be damaged by water or moisture. That’s why even a small missing nail can cause problems on your Chicago roof structure.
Roof Damages & Inspection
Your roof structure needs to protect your home from moisture. If you have roof damages or believe you may, it’s important to get the roof’s condition assessed. Many times, the damaged roof structure is in a hidden area that isn’t easy to detect.
With a professional roof inspection, the roofing inspector can detect moisture with infrared scanning equipment. All your roof leaks can be identified with this highly effective method of detection. After storm damages, finding any moist areas can be vital.