Regular roof maintenance improves longevity

August 16, 2013
 Regular roof maintenance improves longevity of your roof

A properly installed roof can last for decades. But only if it is well-maintained. The key to getting the most out of your roof’s lifespan is to have a maintenance plan. This includes a routine inspection of the roof at least once a year, preferably twice, and biannual gutter cleaning. Many people ignore this advice and end up having to replace their roof a lot sooner. Some wrongfully assume that if there is roof damage, they will notice it themselves. In reality, some roof damage goes completely unnoticed and takes a professional roofer to spot it. People also mistakenly believe that leaves in the rain gutters can’t possibly cause any real damage to the roof.

If routine inspections and rain gutter cleaning aren’t performed, your roof can become damaged to the point that the roof is no longer protecting your home. At this point you need to pay to have the roof replaced.

Regular wear and tear

Roofs, like anything else, wear out over time. While a major storm can cause some serious damage all at once, even mild weather slowly wears down your roof. That is why it is important to have your roof inspected regularly. By staying on top of the day-to-day wear and tear, you avoid costly repairs down the road. Here’s a look at some little things that can cause damage every day:

  • Wind, rain, and snow will slowly wear out a roof’s shingles, flashing, and gutters

  • Tree branches that scrape or fall on the roof can damage shingles

  • Leaves and other debris on the roof or in the gutter can cause water to build up and cause rotting

During an inspection, a roofing company would check for damage that you may not have noticed. They will remove leaves, branches and any other debris from the roof and rain gutters and may suggest that nearby trees be trimmed to prevent future damage. Finally, they can recommend any repairs that would prolong the life of your roof.

Don’t forget about ventilation

Another factor often overlook by homeowners is the important of proper ventilation. Without it, your roof can begin to have very serious problems as heat and moisture become trapped in your attic area. Wood can begin to rot and your insulation will become ineffective. Never block off vents during winter in order to keep out the cold. It will cost you money on energy bills rather than save money. A professional roofer can also check to see that your roof is properly ventilated.

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