Have you recently replaced the roof of your home, or are thinking about getting it done soon? As we’ve said in previous blogs (check out Signs It’s Time For A New Roof), the roof is crucial for making your house a home. With the proper maintenance, your roof can handle almost anything from weather to UV rays and more. If it’s not properly taken care of, the lifespan of your roof could be less than it’s supposed to be. All it takes are a few steps, such as keeping after the gutter or clearing off debris, to expand your roof’s lifespan. Here’s what you need to do:
Clean out the gutters: Gutters are designed to guide rain and melted snow away from the roof, and down to the ground. When the gutters are clogged, the water either goes over the edge creating a waterfall effect, or into the seams of the roof, causing damage to the wood underneath. Ensuring that your gutters are clean is essential to roof life. One way to help prevent build up is to have gutter guards installed.
Get a regular inspection: Obviously, you’re not going up onto your roof regularly, so you might not have any idea what’s going on. This is where an inspection can help out. The inspector will be able to notice any missing or cracked shingles, broken flashing, loose granules, and more. It’s recommended to get your roof inspected once a year to keep on top of any issues that might turn up.
Keep off debris: Don’t let too much debris build up on the roof. If you have a tree close by, keep the branches away from the roof to avoid damaging the shingles. This damage could be anything such as scratches or knocking them loose. You might need to have the tree trimmed or removed altogether, depending on its age.
Proper ventilation & insulation: You can help your roof even from the inside! Having adequate ventilation and insulation throughout the attic helps regulate the temperature in the house. This is key to prevent mold, mildew, ice dams, and other issues that might pop up.