Preventing costly roof leaks is all about proactive maintenance and vigilance. The rainy season is upon us here in Southern California. And since we receive rain sporadically, knowing where the leaks are only shows themselves during the worst of times: When it rains! Here are some critical steps you should follow twice yearly to guarantee the worst doesn’t happen to you.

Regular Inspections:

Have Lansford Roofing inspect your roof annually, especially before severe weather. We can identify potential issues like missing or damaged shingles, clogged gutters, and failing flashing. Or do you like taking on your homeowner tasks yourself? Twice a year (spring and fall), conduct your visual inspection from the ground and, if safe, from a ladder. Look for missing, cracked, or curled shingles, sagging sections, and any discolored areas around chimneys, vents, and skylights.

Maintenance and Repairs:

Address minor issues promptly, especially paying attention to the smallest leaks or damaged shingles. Prompt repair prevents water from seeping deeper and causing more extensive (and expensive) damage. Mold on your roof is certainly something you don’t want!

Clean your gutters regularly. Clogged gutters will overflow and cause water to not drain under your shingles, leading to leaks. Clean them twice a year or more often if you have many trees. Trim all your overhanging branches. Branches can scratch and damage shingles, creating entry points for water. Plus, the extra weight of a living branch will take its toll on your foundation. And the dead leaves and brush are only fire starters and gutter cloggers. Keep them at least 10 feet away from your roof.

Seal flashing around chimneys, vents, and skylights. Flashing is the metal that seals these penetrations in your roof. Check for cracks, tears, or loose nails and reseal as needed. Install a roof ice and water shield. This waterproof membrane under your shingles helps prevent leaks in cold climates where ice dams can form. This is an excellent tip for those up in Big Bear and the surrounding neighborhoods!

It would help in the long run if you considered upgrading your roof ventilation for the Southern California heat we endure every summer. Proper attic ventilation helps prevent moisture buildup, weakening your roof and contributing to leaks. Remember, your roof and attic sweat just like us!

A New Roof = A Happy Homeowner!

Knowing your roof’s lifespan is vital. Most roofs last 15-25 years, depending on the material and climate. If your roof is nearing the end of its lifespan, budget for a replacement to avoid potential leaks and damage. We offer exceptional service, rates, and financing at Lansford Roofing.

Remember, timely repairs are essential. Focusing on minimal problems early on can save your “put away” money for later and better use. If you need clarification, always consult us as soon as possible! We here at Lansford Roofing love helping out our San Gabriel Valley Friends!