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If you haven’t prepared your roof for the rainy season, you could face significant damage to your roof. What starts as a small leak can become a much larger issue that can cause major damage to the structure, the foundation, and whatever you have inside. You must take the right precautions to get your roof ready, so it can handle the rains without being affected by the rainwater.
Step 1 – Get Your Roof Inspected
You always start prepping by beginning with a roof inspection. Call your local roofing professional so that they can walk around and look for signs of leaks or damage. You’ll also want to ask them to clear debris if there are piles of anything lying around. NEVER walk on your roof on your own!
Step 2 – Repairing or Replacing Shingles
Once a roofer comes out to inspect your roof, they’ll be able to tell if any shingles need repair or replacement. Getting these fixed is vital to keeping your roof leak-free.
Your roofer will look for signs like small cracks or tears that can possibly let water in. Depending on the extent of the damage, your roofer will quote you on what the repair will cost you. If your roof is looking particularly rough, it might be time to simply have new shingles installed.
Step 3 – Check The Flashing
Flashing is the metal pieces covering areas where there are seams, like where the chimney meets the rooftop. It’s typically pretty durable, but it can still get damaged over time. Your roofer will also check for holes, rust, or cracks that could signal potential leak issues.
If it’s left unchecked, the results could be catastrophic when water gets through. Roofers can replace it as necessary, but if you’re concerned, make sure you ask your roofer to double-check the flashing.
Step 4 – Clear The Gutters
You need to make sure you also check your gutters before the rainy season hits. If they’re clogged, you’re in for a world of trouble because as the water pools, it will seep into your roof instead of draining like it’s supposed to. Check for blockages or places where debris can get stuck. It’s best to do regular maintenance to prevent major issues, but you at least want to get it done before the rainy season hits.
Step 5 – Maintain Your Trees
If you have trees next to your house, you want to make sure you keep them maintained. If they break or drop branches during a storm, it could cause significant damage to your gutters and possibly your home. Hire a tree trimmer or landscaper to make sure you trim your trees correctly so they’re ready to stand tall against the rainy season.
IBEX Roof is Here for You
Some roofs have unique features that need to also be checked for proper sealant or drainage. For example, if your roof has skylights, they need to be sealed correctly to prevent leaks. Something else to remember is if you have a flat roof, you’ll also need to make sure your roof is ready to handle the drainage that will result.
There’s almost nothing worse than finding a leak when you can’t do anything about it right then and there. Preparing correctly for the rainy season can prevent significant problems to your roof, home, and belongings. If you need help or need a professional, contact us, and we’ll help you prepare your roof so you can face the rain head-on without any worries.
Our team at IBEX Roof is ready to help you get your roof ready for the rainy season. Give us a call today at one of our offices. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Siding installation counts as a home renovation project, and any time you’re up against one of those, you need to prepare your home ahead of time. Proper preparation helps ensure your home is ready for when the time comes so that the job can get done quickly. Here’s a quick checklist of things to look for as you prep for siding installation.
Check Trees and Shrubbery
You may not think about it until it’s a problem, but if you have trees or shrubs too close to where the siding will be installed, it will need to be moved out of the way. You can tie it back or trim it to make room for installation. Doing so makes it much easier to install the siding.
Clear The Exterior
Lots of people place potted plants or patio furniture up against the side of their home. You might even have a shed or gardening equipment that lives next to the house. Before we get there, you’ll want to clear those things away. It’ll make it easier to move around and install your siding.
Remove Hanging Items on the Interior
Remove any hanging items like pictures, floating shelves, or anything that is delicately placed. They could easily fall off from the vibrations during installation. To keep your possessions safe, remove them from the walls while the siding is being installed.
Clear The Driveway
If you’re having siding installed, you’ve got to think about what your siding team will be doing with the current siding on your home. They’ll bring in a dumpster and put it outside your home to collect the old siding. You’ll want to clear your driveway, so they have full access to clear out the debris and to keep your vehicles safe from any potential damage.
The Day is Near
Always communicate with your siding team to find out if anything special needs to be done beforehand. They’ll likely have a few rules to let you know ahead of time regarding keeping pets and kids away from the work area or maybe any other prep they might need to discuss with you.
Your IBEX Roof team will make sure to let you know how to prepare for a siding installation project. We always want to make sure you know what to expect. If you have questions about what might be needed, give us a call. We’re happy to answer whatever questions you might have!
The roof of your house is one of your home’s biggest investments. The other biggest protection your home has against the elements is its four exterior walls; it just makes sense to fortify those walls to be as sturdy and reliable as your roof. Even though it’s not in our name, IBEX Roof also offers quality siding services to help homeowners further protect their homes. Not only does siding improve energy efficiency, but it also boosts curb appeal and may increase your home value, too! Read on to learn more about our siding services and James Hardie Siding is our product of choice.
What to Know About James Hardie Lap Siding
James Hardie is a well-known siding product used on millions of homes across North America. The quality proves itself time and time again. It is beautiful and durable, lasting at least 20 years (but possibly more!) The remodeling industry, but more importantly, the customers, have all come back proclaiming the excellent quality of James Hardie Siding.
Why We Choose James Hardie Siding
James Hardie siding is backed by many different industry authorities, including Good Housekeeping. The siding earned the Good Housekeeping Seal, which is a highly sought-after symbol of reliability. Not only does the siding rank well against weather exposure, but it also proves to be resistant to fading, water, and fire as well.
The reason it rates so well against the elements is that it has been engineered to withstand every climate you’ll find James Hardie siding in. One of the best reasons Jamie Hardie siding is an excellent choice is because, in twenty years, you’ll look at your home and know you made the best choice. With over a century behind them, James Hardie knows what they’re doing.
The Benefits of Siding Over Paint
Another way to refresh your home’s exterior is by using paint. And while paint can change up the look of your home, we don’t feel it matches up to the quality of new siding. Your new siding project may cost more than painting up-front, but it’s an investment that lasts much longer. Over time, paint naturally chips away and flakes off. You have to repaint every so often because you don’t want to hurt your curb appeal.
As good as a fresh coat of paint looks, you know it’s only going to last so long before it has to be done again later. Wouldn’t it be great if you only had to do it once and then leave it for the next twenty or so years, and the only thing you’d have to do would be to wash it every once in a while?
Our team of experts is here to answer any questions you may have about a new siding project. We’d be happy to tell you more about James Hardie Lap Siding, as well as go over the variety of options available to you. There are many colors to choose from; you’ll be sure to find the perfect match for your home.