With the summer coming to an end in a few weeks, the next thing you have to prepare for is the rainy season. It is never too early to keep your home safe from the damage that heavy rains could bring. After all, you don’t want leaks or, worse, missing roofs to disrupt your comfortable stay at your home, do you? If so, continue reading for helpful tips on roof care to make your home ready before the rains fall.
1) Inspect your Roof
Experts recommend checking the condition of your roof once or twice a year, and now is the best time to do so. If you are confident to do this on your own, then do it with extra care. Otherwise, it is better to hire a professional to go up your roof to look for any signs of damage. What’s also good about getting professional help is that their eyes are trained to see roof damage that an ordinary person may miss. Even a little corrosion when left unnoticed will eventually lead to bigger problems later on.
You can also do the inspection inside your home. Look at your ceiling for signs of water damage — such as discoloration and soft or saggy ceiling — as they are indications of leaks on your roof.
2) Repair your roof if necessary
If you have shingles or tiles as a roof, they may crack or some pieces may go missing. Asphalt shingles are particularly prone to cracks due to the changing temperature. Previous rains or strong winds may have also caused some pieces to disappear. Repair or replace these pieces right away as they may cause leaks and lead to worse problems later on.
For metal roofs, a common problem is corrosion or holes due to past weather activities or falling debris. If your roof has them, patch them immediately. Patching may be difficult if you’re not used to doing it, so again we recommend hiring a professional to do it.
3) Keep your roof and gutter clean
It may be obvious that you need to clean your roof of any debris or dirt, but some people forget to clean their gutters, too. You have to ensure that your gutter is free of debris, mold or algae, or any other dirt or obstruction. Otherwise, it may accumulate water and cause the water to get backed up and pool on your roof’s surface. This may lead to corrosion and, later, a leaky roof which might be a hassle during the rainy days.
4) Cut overhanging tree branches
If trees are beside your home and their branches overhang your roof, you have to trim them to keep their branches from falling onto your roof, damaging it. Trimming also prevents leaves from falling onto your gutter, blocking the flow of water, and as we stated earlier, we don’t want a blocked gutter. Animals like cats may also use tree branches to climb onto your roof, which can also cause damage.
5) Coat your roof with waterproof paint
Paint adds another layer of protection to your roof. Common metal roofs made of galvanized iron are often sold without paint. If you have this kind of metal roof, it is important to coat it with waterproof paint to protect it not just from the rain but also from the harsh sunlight. While the weather is still sunny, it’s best to paint your roof. Once it starts raining, the quality of your paint may be adversely affected.
Prepare for the Rainy Season with Prepainted Roofing
You can avoid the hassle of painting roofs by installing prepainted metal roofs for your home. These are metal roofing that has already been painted by the manufacturer, so you can save time and money as you don’t have to do the back-breaking task of painting them yourself or hiring a professional to do it. Pre-painted roofs also have other advantages.
First, they resist corrosion. As mentioned earlier, paints add another layer of protection against rust and corrosion. This, in turn, helps your roof last for a long time. And because you don’t have to replace or repair them often, they are not only environment-friendly but also cost-efficient.
Also, the advantages of a prepainted roof are not only for the rainy season. The paint keeps too much sunlight from entering your home, so you’ll feel cooler and more comfortable.
Union Galvasteel Corporation has prepainted metal roofs to help you have a worry-free rainy season. One is Duracorr, a roof with a simple, classic design but is known for being strong and reliable in any weather. Its sinusoidal corrugation makes it difficult to be dented even when stepped on because of its equally distributed corrugation. These features make it as one of the widely used roof designs in the Philippine’s roofing industry.
Another is Duratwin, a prepainted metal roof with overlap and sidelap design. This roof provides better leak protection than other standard roofs, making it ideal for the rainy season. Also, its unique 2-rib design offers durability.
Durarib is another product made for rainy days. Its deep corrugation design allows it to carry a large volume of rainwater, while its high rib height at 50 mm eliminates the possibility of the rib being submerged during a heavy downpour and cause leaks.
We are the market leader in the manufacturing and distribution of pre-painted and other galvanized roofing. If you need any of our products or if you need a roofing contractor in the Philippines, we are easy to find, as we have the largest and most diversified distribution network in the industry. We have warehouses and sales offices in strategic locations throughout the country. Get in touch with us via our website or call these numbers for assistance: (02) 8520-8822-23; 8520-8831; (049) 545-0084 to 86 or 09175033965 (Globe) and 09190032303 (Smart).