Many homes desperately need roof restorations in Costa Rica, because here we are located around 10 degrees from the equator and the ultraviolet radiation is intense and causes pre-mature deterioration of roofing materials. Unfortunately it’s pretty common for homeowners to ignore their roofs until it rains and water ends up inside the dwelling. With most roofs not visible without climbing up on ladder, an “out of sight out of mind” attitude usually prevails.
When it comes to your homes roof, it’s important to be proactive. Investing in a roof restoration can save you a great deal of money, compared to the cost of having to completely re-roof your home. For this reason it’s important to look out for the telltale signs to ensure your roof doesn’t deteriorate past the point of no return.
There are many different ways to tell whether your roof needs to be restored. The simplest way is looking for visual damage. If your roof looks worn and old, it’s time for a roof restoration. Furthermore, if there are obvious signs of damage, like broken tiles or if you’ve noticed a pest infestation or water infiltration, it’s time to act now.
With a range of different styles of roofs out there, the visual signs differ, depending on the type of finished roofing materials installed. Below I have outlined several different types of roofs and the best tips on determining whether a roof restoration is necessary.
Metal laminates are the most common finished roofing material in Costa Rica. If your home features a metal roof, it’s important to be on the lookout for any gaps under laminates and flashing materials. Despite the metal laminates being painted with anti corrosive paint after they are installed, they can still leak and deteriorate. If the painted surface is peeling, it’s time to call for a roof inspection. There are a number of other factors that can make roofs decline. Improper installation of the fastening screws can cause leaks when the rubber washers on the screws dry out from intense ultraviolet rays of the sun. Furthermore, damage and defects that are inherent on the metal surface can emerge after a period of time. Even if your roof has been installed properly, metal laminates do fade, and that can really detract from the overall visual appearance. Basically, if you take a look at your metal roof, and you see that the overlaps of the laminates have gaps under them, it’s time to call a professional to inspect your roof.
For houses with clay tile roofing, moisture problems can become an issue as the roof ages. Clay tiles are porous and a moist material. Problems with moss and mold can arise and must be removed, and then the tiles cleaned. Clay tiles can also become brittle as they age and risk breakage and fall off. For this type of roofing, it is recommended to have a quality anti fungal solution coated into the surface. This will ensure the moss and mold are eradicated.
Some homeowners choose shingles for their appearance and durability. This type of roofing is also renowned to enhance the appearance of your home with its unique style. Unfortunately, shingles start to lose a lot of their natural protection after about five years of exposure to rain and ultraviolet radiation. If you look at your roof and notice some shingles are not flat or missing, you should invest in a roof restoration.
Now that you know the different signs to look out for, it’s important to be proactive. If you notice your roof is in need of a roof restoration, contact a professional to waterproof your roof surface and bring it back to life. The team at Costa Rica Home Builder are renowned for their roof restorations in Costa Rica. To find out more about this service, visit their website at: http://www.costaricahomebuilder.com/Costa_Rica_Roofing_and_Repairs.htm