The roof of your home is one of the biggest investments you will make as a homeowner, which is why it’s important to take care of it. Here are some tips on how to extend the life of your roof and keep it in good condition.
Repair Any Damage or Leaks Promptly
If you notice your roof has become damaged in any way or has begun to leak it’s important that you have it repaired by a professional immediately. They will know what to look for and will be able to identify and fix any questionable areas on your roof as well as address any issues like structural concerns, missing shingles, or weak spots.
Replace Worn Down or Missing Shingles
Your shingles are designed to undertake the prolonged daily exposure of the elements, however, materials underneath them are not. Gaps in the coverage of your shingles can lead to severe problems with your roof’s structure. It’s important to quickly replace worn or missing shingles as it can prevent the need for a much larger and more costly roof repair down the road.
Make Sure Your Attic Is Properly Ventilated
Sufficient airflow in your attic can extend the life of your roof by as much as 20% while poor attic ventilation can age your roof prematurely. In the summer months if your attic doesn’t have proper airflow the hot air will fry your shingles causing them to decay prematurely. While in the winter, an improperly ventilated attic creates moisture that will cling to the top of your roof which can fall onto your insulation reducing its efficiency.
Insulate Your Attic
Properly insulating your attic is just as important as ventilating it when it comes to longevity. Insulation protects the structural elements of your home and roof while maximizing the life of your roof. Excessive heat can cause roofing materials to disintegrate prematurely. Properly insulating your attic also helps to control heat transfer and airflow in your home. This will lead to lower energy bills in the summer and winter months saving you hundreds.
Keep in mind that insulating your attic requires specialized equipment and should be done by a professional who knows the correct way to insulate your roof and the amount of insulation to install.
Keep the Roof & Gutters Free of Debris
Clogged gutters can lead to roof leaks. This is because if the water has nowhere to go, it will pool along the bottom edge of the roof which will deteriorate the fascia and roof edge. You can clean gutters on their own, however, if you don’t feel confident on a ladder or feel as though there is excessive debris it’s best to contact a roofer to do the job properly.
Prevent Moss, Mold & Mildew Growth
Over time moss and mildew growth can cause problems with your roof. Clean off the surface of your roof regularly using cleaning solution and a hose to prevent future formation of mold. You can also install zinc strips near the rooftop to prevent the return of moss growth.
Inspect Around Chimneys, Skylights & Utilities
Improper installation of chimney flashing can lead to the early deterioration of your roof. If you have faulty chimney flashing the first thing you will notice is a chimney leak. Instead of keeping the rain and snow out of the roof seams, poorly installed flashing allows the moisture into the roof’s inner structure which can lead to mildew, mold and the premature aging of your roof.
Trim Nearby Branches
Trees are great for shade but can be damaging to roofs. Large tree branches can fall and damage your roof during a storm. Leaves that fall from the trees can collect on your roof and collect moisture beneath them which can damage your roof. Leaves also often get caught in gutters which can lead to roof leaks and deteriorate the roof edge.
To help reduce the risk you should trim back any overhanging limbs that could potentially break off and fall onto your roof. If you notice a tree is rotting or looking unsteady during storms you may want to consider having the tree cut down.
Get a Professional Inspection Annually
Annual roof inspections are key to preventive roof maintenance. A roofing expert will be able to point out problems with your roof like weak or rotted spots which will allow you to address the issue before it becomes a major (and costly) problem. They will also give you tips to help you keep the roof in good condition for many more years.
By following these simple tips, you can help increase your roof’s lifespan and ensure your roof protects your home for years to come. Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection, roof repair or roof replacement if necessary.