Protecting the Roof


Any modern American home should have high quality construction materials and functioning utilities in it, and as long as all systems are working well, the home is an energy-efficient, comfortable, and safe building, but whenever damage occurs, it is up to the homeowner to either fix it themselves in a DIY project or hire contractors who can use their own skills, tools, and materials to patch up the damage or even replace a part of the home. Wood and tiles are vulnerable materials to water damage and squirrel invasions, and a homeowner who lives near trees or anyone not living in a desert region will need to be on the alert for leaking rain water, dater damage to their deck and porch, and more. Such damage can cause expensive harm to the house, but the good news is that many different tools and materials are out there for DIY workers or crews to repair damage and prevent further issues. Rubberized roof coating is one way to keep water out of the roof, and deck primer and deck sealant can protect a wooden deck from the rotting, warping effects of rainwater. A construction crew may work with rubberized roof coating or sealant for flat roof homes, and a very handy homeowner can do this DIY style.

The Damage

What can go wrong? A number of things. Water can actually damage more than one component of the home or the deck, and lead to a chain reaction. Water may find ingress into the home through the roof or the walls when hail damage, debris from storms, or squirrels punch holes or cracks into the roof, and rain and melting snow can get into the house and cause harm. Water will rot and expand wood in the home, which is a health hazard and compromises the integrity of the roof, and it may even collapse, causing a total disaster that will be expensive to fix. On top of that, water may damage drywall in the home (leading to more repair work), and water can short out electrical components and wires in the walls, which means yet another maintenance issue. Squirrels may also chew wires or plastic pipes, and build nests that block air in the air ducts. For these reasons and more, the most cost effective way to manage a home is to take preventative measures so that none of these problems will ever crop up in the first place.

Repairs and Protection

It can be expensive to repair damage to the home and deck like rotting or warped wood, a partially collapsed roof, damaged drywall, or shorted out electrical wires, so a homeowner can instead apply protective materials such as rubberized roof coating and deck protective coating so that sensitive wooden materials do not suffer from the effects of rain, snow, and squirrel attacks. Many hardware stores and online catalogs should have materials available for purchase, and handy homeowners can look up instructions (or go from memory) to apply these materials and protect their wooden deck or their roofs. A wooden deck is an expensive investment; why not protect it?

The roof is a major area of concern that will probably require roofing contractor crews to take care of. Existing damage, such as missing or worn out tiles, can be handled once crews are hired and visit the home, and holes can be patched up and squirrels can be removed from the home (and special coating that repels squirrels can be applied). Most of all, rubberized roof coating can be applied by these contractor crews to seal the smallest holes and cracks (and prevent new ones from forming) so that harmful rain water and melting snow cannot get into the roof again. Crews may need protective eye or mouth guards when working with some of these materials, and DIY homeowners should definitely look up and take protective measures. When properly installed, roofing can last for two decades or more, but that may not be the case if water damage repeatedly assaults the roof. And given how an average roof will catch 600 gallons of water from one inch of rainfall, it is clear that waterproof methods are vital for keeping any roof secure against whatever the weather may do to it.