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Home Repairs in Hermanus – Maintaining Your Roof

When it comes to your roof, preventative maintenance is the best option:

Your roof is one of the most important parts on your home as together with the proper insulation it prevents heat from escaping in the winter, keeps your ceilings dry and keeps your house cool in summer. Harsh winters tend to age roofing materials more quickly and although metal roofing lasts longer it still needs periodic inspection.

Roofing is not a task every homeowner wishes to take on. You have to be comfortable on a roof, understand the correct way to lay tiles and have the equipment available. Warning signs include cracked caulk or rust spots on flashing; tiles that are cracked or slipping and worn areas around chimneys, pipes, and skylights.

Any loose, damaged, or missing tiles should be replaced immediately. Check for popped nails that need to be hammered back in place. Metal flashing around chimneys, skylights and attic vents that has separated needs to be resealed with caulk.

Plumbing vent pipes are often flashed with a simple rubber collar that can deteriorate in the hot sun. Check closely for cracks and gaps. Make sure a chimney cap is present and properly installed. Caught early these are easy repairs, but left over time will develop in major problems.

The smallest leak can cause considerable damage so don’t wait until the damage is done, call Donnelly Home Maintenance to discuss if it’s time for a new roof.