The Care And Feeding Of Your Aluminum Roofing
March 28th, 2017
Letís suppose the house or building you want to buy has aluminum roofing. Should you still buy the house or building? That depends on many factors. Aluminum roofing is great for terrains with aggressive weather such as the deserts of Australia, the coastlines that constantly get hit with sea salt spray or places that get acid rain (which is getting to be everywhere these days). The roof itself should still be in good condition. Aluminum roofing can last on average fifty years. So even if itís an older roof, chances are itíll still be sound. Aluminum roofing is better resistant to molds or rusting than other types of roofing.
Whatís The Weather Up There?
Roofs, even made of aluminum roofing, can get damaged by the weather, falling trees, passing hurricanes and all that sort of fun stuff. But not only does the roof need at the very least a bi-annual checkup, but the roofís fastenings, which is the stiff that connects your aluminum roofing to the rest of your house.
You are looking for any buckling, loosening, puddles that wonít go away or just plain broken roofing materials, even if your roof is not leaking. Getting any early damage repaired now when it is only a minor problem can save you money down the road when it becomes an even bigger problem.
If you have gutters and live in a very leafy neighborhood, you need to get your gutters cleaned out at least once a year, or water wonít drain from off of your roof. Many professional gutter cleaners will also give your roof a once-over. Although many homeowners clean their gutters themselves, they often do it from the ground or from a ladder and cannot see the entire roof.
If youíre uneasy at that thought and rather get a specialist in roofs, you certainly can. Roofing contractors donít just build and repair roofs Ė they can also inspect them. In order to find a roofing contractor, you can ask trusted friends and family who inspects their roofs, or you can check with your bank and see who they recommend. Why would the bank have a list of recommended contractors? Because they loan homeownerís substantial amounts of money for the purposes of repairing or remodeling their property, and so they want to know that only reputable companies will get them their money back.
If you have a chimney, get that checked as well, to be sure that it isnít clogged.