Essential Tips for a Long-Lasting Roof
Keeping a roof in good condition is something that should be taken seriously. While it is designed to protect from various weather elements, repeated exposure to heat, rain, and cold will eventually toll the roofing material. This is true of all parts of a house located in areas prone to severe weather such as hail or heavy snow. In addition, neglecting maintenance will eventually result in costly repairs.
Here’s what you need to do to get the most from your home.
– Clean the Gutters
Ruined paint on siding and a wet basement are typical problems caused by clogged gutters, but it might surprise you to learn that the overflow can also go upward. When leaves pile too deeply in gutters, water can wick into its sheathing and rot or even rot roof rafters.
Fixing that kind of damage could run into thousands of dollars. Instead, you can avoid it by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. Do it yourself in a few hours if you’re comfortable working on a ladder, or hire us today. The estimated price is depending on house size.
– Remove Leaves
If you have a simple peak surrounded by low landscaping, your roof probably stays clear of leaves on its own. But if the roof is more complicated or towering trees are nearby, piles of leaves probably collect in valleys or near chimneys. If you don’t remove them, they will trap moisture and gradually decompose, allowing moisture to accumulate in your roof — or worse, create fertile ground for weeds to grow.
If you have a low-slope roof and a one-story house, you may be able to pull the leaves down with a soft car-washing brush on a telescoping pole.
– Keep out the flora from your roof
Trim tree branches away from your house to avoid damage during heavy rain or wind. In the case of algae or fungus, consider installing lead or zinc control strips or call a professional to deal with serious infestations.
– Trim Overhanging Branches
A little prevention in the form of tree-trimming goes a long way toward keeping leaves and moss off your house and keeping your roof damage-free. Abrasion from limbs and leaves that touch your home can eventually damage shingles, especially in high winds.
Overhanging branches also give squirrels, and other rodents access to your roof. They can gnaw on your siding and it. Branches need to be 10 feet away from your roof to keep these pests at bay. If that’s not possible, wrap the tree trunk with a sheet metal bank to prevent them from climbing the tree.
– Look and Listen your roof
After every big wind or hail storm, or if you’ve heard scurrying on the roof at night, give your roof a quick check to make sure everything’s still intact.
If you need help, please get in touch with us.