You may think of roof maintenance as a rather simple thing. If a shingle breaks, you replace it. Or if you want a new look, you replace your whole roof. But what if I told you that the importance of your home’s roof goes far beyond curb appeal and resale value? Just like many parts of your home, your roof serves multiple purposes, not only protecting your home from damage but making your home and more comfortable and safe place for you to live. In this blog, we’re going to talk all about roofs and all the benefits you can expect to see from properly maintaining yours.
How it works
If you want to understand all the benefits your roof creates for your home, you’ll need to know a bit about how it works. A roof is made of multiple layers including attic trusses, joists, decking, and on top of all of that is your typical housing material such as shingles, tiles, or metal. Every part of your roof has a different function, but all work together to protect your home as a whole.
Protecting your attic
Although you probably don’t spend much time in your attic, your roof’s first job is to protect this area from wind, snow, and rain. If your attic wasn’t protected, then the rest of your home wouldn’t be protected, because it acts as a foundation for your roof and a barrier between your roof and the rest of your home.
Circulation and ventilation are important aspects of attic protection. Without proper circulation, your attic would become humid and hot, leading to the growth of harmful molds and mildew that could ruin your home’s air quality and damage your home. Your roof acts as a form of air duct system, allowing air to move up through the bottom of the roof and out vents on the top. In the winter, it will prevent your attic from getting too hot from indoor air temperature. Once this happens, your roof will become warm and snow will begin to melt. This melted snow will refreeze once it reaches the gutters and damage your shingles and block your gutter. A properly functioning roof ventilation system will circulate area and maintain your attic’s temperature, preventing this issue from happening.
Another way that your roof protects your attic is by protecting insulation. Insulation won’t provide protection from heat and cold if it’s wet. That’s why you shingles are designed to move water away from the roof so that water won’t sit in one place, seeping into the roof and damaging insulation.
Protecting your siding
Another important job of your roof is to protect your home’s siding. When exposed to the elements, your siding can take quite a beating leading to deterioration, cracks, and moss or mold growth. Your roof provides an overhang that will protect it from much of this as well as protecting it from falling debris like branches or trees that are near the house.
Protecting your foundation
How often have you heard of a friend’s basement flooding or experiencing leaks in the wall or ceiling? Surprisingly these issues may have nothing to do with your basement and everything to do with your roofing. Your roof plays an important role in protecting your home’s foundation because it prevents and enormous amount of water from entering the ground right next to your home. This water will make the ground muddy and increase the likelihood that cracks will form in your home’s foundation and water will begin to leak through them. Your roof’s drainage system will work to move this water away from the home or into an area where it won’t seep into the ground. The bigger your roof is, the more water it’s going to be moving to the side of your home, so it’s important to have a drainage system that isn’t clogged or damaged in any way.
Your roof needs a strong foundation in order to be able to protect the rest of your home. And if you live in an area with a lot of wind, the rafters on the inside of your roof can be reinforced to account for this added pressure. It’s common for homes in areas prone to storms o have hurricane clips that connect the top plate to the trusses and rafters, thus improving the connection between your roof and the rest of your home.
Your roof is the most important part of your home, and we at DJK Siding want you to feel confident that your roofing contractor is doing everything they can to protect your home. We are your Top Rated Local® Residential Contractors in Denver and Boulder, and we would be glad to install or replace your home’s roofing. Contact us today to learn more.