The most important thing you should know about your residential roof in the Greater Philadelphia Area 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 you have a roof inspections and allow a professional roofing contractor to assess the condition of the roof every year or two and after any hail storms or snow accumulation.
Another thing you’ll need to know about your residential roof structure is that roofs are constructed with varying pitch. From flat to steep sloped roofs, the angle of the roof varies. In cold climates like ours that experience 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.
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 home in the Greater Philadelphia Area. 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 roof structure in the Greater Philadelphia Area.
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.
In the Greater Philadelphia Area, we are exposed to a lot of moisture, especially in the winter time. We’re also hit with storms, rain, ice, and hail. If all this moisture is allowed to work its way into your ceiling, attic, or walls, those areas will be ripe for mold and mildew growth. If your residential roof in Philadelphia, PA has been subject to storm damages, call our professional house roofing contractors at Jemar Contracting, LLC at 215-544-1157.