The final product of roof construction in Ambler may look simple to the average person, like the roof was placed up there as a single piece and in one quick swoop by magic, but there is so much more to a roof than the eye can see. At first glance, a roof appears to only be a sloped, flat, slightly slanted or domed structure when in fact there are also internal and external forces at work. That is, a roof has important purposes besides simply acting as a gigantic umbrella or shade cover for your home — it’s also part of a water mitigation system.
Roofs are designed to move water away from your home to protect it from rooftop to foundation bottom from water damage. Water mitigation is the process of reducing the amount of water damage that can occur during and after a storm or heavy rain. The “how” of the roof’s mitigation system involves a few components you are already familiar with: a sloped roof, good gutters, downspouts and drains all working together to jettisoned rain water away from your home’s foundation. Having an effective water mitigation system is important if you want to avoid costly damage or issues from pooling water on the foundation of your home, basement flooding and possible health concerns from mold growth.
First, a sloped roof sends fallen water on the roof away from your house by using gutters to direct the water toward downspouts which in turn propels it away from the foundation. Test out your downspouts to make sure the grading is enough so they are not depositing rainwater too close to your home’s foundation. If moisture finds its way under your home, the result is likely to be a wet, musty basement or crawl space, even structural damage. You will not have to worry about this with a properly installed gutter and downspout system.
For example, let’s take a look at aluminum, a material used by Vince Hee Roofing for our downspouts and gutters: Gutters made of aluminum are a great investment. Aluminum gutters are sturdy devices that have been around for years, aluminum does not rust, can come in different colors and are quite easy to shape. An aluminum downspout system diverts water into the yard or down into an underground drain providing your home with proper rainwater dispersal, which is imperative to preserve your home’s foundation. Aluminum Gutters work together with your aluminum downspouts to defend your roof from moisture buildup and does its part to protect the base of the home from pooling water.
Are you looking for quality roof construction in Ambler? Could your home’s gutters, drains and more use an update or benefit from a maintenance check? Even if you are not sure, it is always best to err on the side of caution if you suspect that even one segment of this system is not functioning properly. Don’t put your home at risk! Contact Vince Hee Roofing in Ambler today for all of your roof’s water mitigation system needs.