Roofing: Tips on Extending the Lifespan of Your Roof
Roofing: Your roof is out there 24/7, exposed to different elements and weather conditions. As your roof ages, it naturally becomes more susceptible to deterioration. Eventually, you will need to repair or replace your roof, or leaks will start to affect your home.
A roof typically lasts between 20 to 50 years, depending on the materials used and its maintenance.
With those precautions in mind, here are five maintenance tips to extend the life of your roof:
1. Take an occasional look at your roof
Homeowners can become complacent with their roofs if there aren’t any apparent problems. Leaks are concerns, as are missing shingles that are obvious from the ground. In the absence of these two issues, believing everything is hunky-dory with your roof is too easy. Inspecting your roof once in a while is essential for seeing what’s going on up there. Problems with shingles or tiles will be more evident from up high than your driveway. Take a look at the flashing around chimneys, skylights, and other protrusions.
What kind of shape are the gutters in (we’ll talk about that more next)? Doing inspections periodically and after storms or high winds is an intelligent maintenance habit that can identify problems before they become disasters.
2. Clean the gutters, helps your roof
You might think of your roof and gutters as two separate entities, but they are both parts of the same system that keeps the top of your home functioning. Clogged gutters prevent water from leaving the roof, which ultimately can damage shingles. Clogs can also add to the weight of the gutters, possibly pulling the brackets off the roof and causing more damage. It’s a tedious job, but make sure you clean the leaves and debris from your gutters. Besides being better for the gutters, it’s ultimately better for the roof.
3. Leaves and trees
Leaves are annoying in gutters, but leaves can also collect on your roof for houses with minimal slope. If leaves, as well as any broken branches and other debris, are not removed, they can pile up, trap water, and ultimately damage your roof. Leaves are not the only arbor-related concern—trees that offer your house shade and greenery can also wreak havoc on your roof in the form of branches that grow into shingles and tiles. If you have large trees close to your roof, be sure to have any problem branches pruned.
4. Trim Overhanging Branches
Branches overhanging on your roof can do a lot of damage in many ways. First, large dried branches could snap off from the tree and create holes in your roof. Second, overhanging branches provide squirrels and other rodents easy access to your roof, and we all know what these little gnawing critters can do to our roofs. With our knowledge, your roof will not be prone to rodents and bird nesting. That is why Everlasting Gutters and Siding recommends installing this reliable system on your home. Always use the best roofing materials.
5. Don’t put off repairs
If you see roof problems that you can’t quickly repair on your own, don’t hesitate to call a roofing repair expert to help with the fix sooner rather than later. Minor roof problems can escalate into something bigger and more expensive in a hurry. Also, if you aren’t sure if something on your roof is a problem or not, get professional advice. The money you spend on a repair is an investment, thus leading to an extended life for your roof.
How often do you perform maintenance on your roof? We have a roofing experts team to help you.
If You need help, please, feel free to call us, and we’ll set an appointment for you.