4 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof
A new roof for your home is no small investment. It is for this reason alone that it is so important to take action now to extend the life of your roof. This will mean fewer replacements and repairs over the life of your home and will help prevent damage from taking place beneath the surface of your roof too. Below are a few small things you can do that will have a big impact on your roof’s lifespan.
1) Keep Your Gutters Clean and Your Roof Clear of Moss and Leaves While most people associate clogged gutters with water ruining the siding on your home or seeping into your basement and crawl spaces, it can also cause problems for your roof as well. Sitting water, wherever it may be, can cause the wood along your roof to rot below the surface of the shingles. Repairing this damage can be extremely costly. Failing to repair the damage in a timely manner can cost even more.
2) Install a Whole House Fan Without adequate movement of air within your attic, not to mention ventilation of air out of your attic, the temperature in there can easily reach 170 degrees. By itself, this helps to raise the temperature inside your home to levels that are uncomfortably warm. However, radiant heat from direct sunlight on the outside works with the heat from the inside to literally bake your roof. This causes your shingles to decay and contributes to the warping, cracking, and overall weakening of the wood of your roof. A Whole House Fan will reduce the temperature in your attic significantly within minutes to help extend the life of your roof.
Then there is the moisture that often goes hand in hand with trapped heat. Moisture causes mold, mildew, rot, and more. A Whole House Fan will help to remove the moisture from your attic so that these things don’t become problems.
3) Call Roofers to Conduct Annual Inspections Regular inspections help to identify signs of trouble when they first appear. Making repairs at the first sign of trouble can extend the life of your roof and eliminate the need for costlier repairs (and extensively damaged property) in the future.
4) Remove Branches that Touch Your Roof Branches rubbing against your roof in wind storms can damage your shingles through abrasion – if not remove them altogether. Eliminating these branches reduces the likelihood of damage to your roof.
Little steps like these can add years of life to your roof and help you avoid many of the costlier repairs other homeowners have to make all too frequently.