Preventing water damage to your home.
Start with the roof!
Your roof is “out of sight and out of mind” – so it’s easy to forget – until you have unsightly water damage from a leak. Defend your home by stopping that leak before it starts. Corrosion or deterioration of your roof, wind or hail damage or improper installation of vents, flues, chimneys, air conditioners, evaporative coolers or condensers can all result in roof leaks.
Regular inspections and maintenance can prevent problems before they begin. Inspect your roof for punctures, cracks or breaks. Clean any you find and apply a compatible patching compound or sealant. Each year, clean and inspect rain gutters, downspouts and extensions for leaks or holes. All types of manufactured home roofs should be checked once a year – whether shingled, metal, vinyl or fiberglass.
To avoid damage to the seals and seams of your roof, keep your weight directly on the rafters. If you have a bowstring or low-pitch rafter, place a plywood sheet across the rafter so you can distribute your weight evenly. While on the roof remove dirt, leaves, branches and any other debris on your roof or gutter – especially any item that may cause a roof puncture.
Seal metal roofs with a good commercial manufactured home roof coating at least every other year – more often in some climates. Apply roof coating around all vents and seams and use coating along the drip edge of the roof. Make sure to cover all exposed screw heads, fasteners and other areas susceptible to leaking. Don’t forget to inspect and seal the roof around vents and chimneys. Look for and repair loose, damaged or missing shingles, missing or damaged vent caps, raised nail heads and anything else that’s in disrepair or could cause damage.