Extend the Life of Your Roof
Chances are, your roof isn’t at the top of your to-do for the New Year. And the best way to keep your roof off your to-do list but still going strong is by doing some regular maintenance – taking preventative measures to ensure your roof remains in tip-top shape.
These five simple solutions will not only extend the life of your roof, they’ll save you hundreds in the long run.
1. CLEAN THE GUTTERS.
It’s important to note that a clogged gutter can cause an upward overflow of water. In the event that leaves get piled deeply into a gutter, water can accumulate in your roof sheathing and then rot it. To avoid having to pay to fix this type of damage, be sure that you regularly remove debris from your gutters every spring and fall.
2. REMOVE LEAVES.
If you have tall, tower-like trees near your roof, it’s important that you be systematic and strategic about removing the leaves that accumulate. In the event that you do not remove the leaves, they will likely trap moisture.
After this process takes place, they will slowly decompose and this will result in moisture accumulation in your roof. It can also create a fertile place for weeds to start cropping up. Since this is the case, make a point to regularly remove leaves so that you can extend the life of your roof.
3. TRIM YOUR OVERHANGING BRANCHES.
As many roofing experts know, abrasions caused by tree limbs brushing against your roof can result in damaged shingles. Additionally, overhanging branches enable rodents like squirrels to get onto your roof. Once they do so, the likelihood that they will gnaw away at your roof is relatively high. With all this in mind, it’s a good idea for you to regularly trim your overhanging branches. Also be sure that your branches are located at least ten feet from your roof.
4. GET REGULAR MAINTENANCE SERVICES.
If you’re serious about extending the life of your roof, regular maintenance services are a must. By hiring a professional company you can ensure that minor problems are nipped in the bud so that molehills don’t turn into expensive mountains.
5. GET RID OF MOSS.
Getting rid of moss is important if you want to extend the life of your roof because it can trap water. If you’re systematic and regular in tackling moss, it can be easily swept off your roof.
Don’t wait until your roof needs replacing, taking these few preventative steps is all you need to ensure your roof remains peak condition.