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Reasons Why Waterproofing Your Roof is Important
Posted on June 10, 2020
Because it is your home’s first line of defense against damaging elements, waterproofing your roof is an essential step in roof installation and regular home maintenance. Read on for more of the benefits and reasons on why waterproofing your roof is a must.
The Roof and the Threats it Fends Off
The roof shields and keeps your home’s structure and materials together. But the changing weather conditions from extreme heat to strong winds and sudden downpour of rain constantly challenge and weaken its structure. Aside from keeping water out, waterproofing your roof seals cracks, prevents leaks and strengthens your defenses against common environmental threats such as these.
Heat and radiation from the sun’s rays causes your roof material to weaken. Overtime, it can become brittle. Cracks may show and there may even be warping. If your home is in an area exposed to intense heat, it would be best to use a waterproofing product with a UV protection feature.
Mold and mildew on your roof are not only unsightly, this invites moisture which may lead to roof rot and a number of health problems to members of your household. Regularly cleaning and sealing should be big steps to preventing bacteria and fungi on your roof.
Intense Interior Heat
Roofs have a reflective factor to them. When it’s regularly maintained, especially with a good combo of a waterproofing product and paint that are formulated to supplement the roof’s heat reflecting abilities, you can expect less heat seeping into your home’s interiors. Your home’s structural materials are protected from possible damages by the heat too.
Why Waterproofing Your Roof
So why should you make it a practice to make sure your roof is waterproof and in tip-top condition? Here are a few points to consider:
1. Waterproofing Minimizes a Roof’s Vulnerabilities
Even the most durable roof materials can break down after regular exposure to heavy winds and rain or intense heat. This is normal and there is no one roof material that will hold its ground to these damaging environmental elements. What maintenance work and waterproofing does is that they delay this expected wear and tear, keeping you, your family and your home safe longer than a regular roof’s lifespan.
2. More Savings in the Long Run
Maintenance work is far cheaper than having to replace a badly-beaten roof. Keeping your roof in great condition with its heat-reflecting ability intact also helps you save up in terms of your home’s interior cooling system. Put simply, less heat means less usage of fans and air conditioners!
3. Because You Can
Though still best with the assistance of an expert, quick checks and maintenance can be done DIY. Make sure to follow this simple roof maintenance routine:
- Clean your roof one to two times a month.
- Regularly check for cracks and dents, and if all nails are in place
- With a stiff wire brush, clear gutters, downspouts and other waterways of any debris that may obstruct water disposal.
- Look for gaps where the roof meets your walls, and seal with a suitable compound.
- Waterproof nails by covering with a piece of membrane and using waterproofing paint to seal it down.
- Watch out for blisters and peels in the paint. These are clear signs for a repaint.
- For repainting, make sure to do at least 2 coats with a quality roof paint such as Roofkote.
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