When it comes to fixing or replacing a roof, the expenses can be costly so maintaining your roof every year is key when it comes to saving money and prolonging the life of your roof. Oftentimes you’ll just need to do a quick look over which can be done on the ground with binoculars but if a large storm has potentially caused damage to your roof then you’ll want to give it a look once the storm passes. Here are 5 tips to extend the life of your roof.
Keep Your Gutters Clear
Keeping your gutters clear of leaves, needles and anything else that falls into them is essential when it comes to keeping your roof free from water and moisture build up. If gutters are not maintained on a twice a year basis, typically being in the spring and fall, they can build up debri to such a degree that any water draining off the roof will sit on top of the gunk in the gutter.This can potentially rot away the nearest roofing shingles exposed to the water and moisture or allow for water and moisture to seep in under the roofing shingles and lead to leaks or even mold and mildew. Doing a quick sweep through your gutters each spring and fall season will help to prevent damage to your roof.
Trim Back All Overhanging Branches
Trimming back any overhanging branches from your roof may not be something you are able to do on your own. If this is the case you’ll want to call in a professional that can quickly take care of your situation. The reason this is necessary is because tree branches can cause damage when winds pick up to high speeds and sweep across the roof. Anything that sweeps back and forth over your roof can cause roofing materials to lift and possibly detach. Branches that fall off from overhanging trees can also potentially damage your roof as the break in the branch creates a sharp spike at its end allowing for it to penetrate through your roofing shingles.
Make Sure Your Attic Is Properly Ventilated
It may surprise you that checking to ensure that your attic is properly ventilated is a part of maintaining your roof but did you know that too much moisture in the attic can lead to mold which can eventually affect your roof? If mold starts to grow within your attic space it can spread to the insulation material giving it direct access to your roof because of how mold spores easily travel. Proper ventilation will allow for cool air to enter the attic and warmer, humid air to escape preventing this from potentially happening.
Remove And Prevent Moss Growth
If you live in a wet climate then the roof of your home is susceptible to moss growth. Moss traps in water and moisture which can lead to damaging your roof. It can also grow to such a degree that the shingles can lift which makes your roof vulnerable especially in the rainy seasons. Removing the moss from your roofing shingles is important but how you remove is just as important. If you’re just noticing moss growing on your roof then a simple broom sweep should be able to knock it off. If it’s been growing for a while you will want to look into ways to kill the moss first so that it can be easily swept off. One thing you do not want to do is use a pressure washer to remove the moss. A pressure washer can easily lift the roof shingles from your roof causing more damage. To prevent moss from growing on your roof you can invest in zinc strips that inhibit moss growth and are more eco friendly or dust your roof with a pesticide. Both treatments require that they be done when the weather is dry so when the rain comes it washes the product over the roofing shingles preventing moss from growing.
Look, Listen, Take Action
It’s always a good idea to get into the habit of paying attention to sounds that you hear around your home. Listening and looking for things that are out of the norm will allow you to stay ahead of any major issues. For instance, if a storm hits your area it’s always a good idea to assess your home after the storm passes. Check the perimeter of your home for any damage done to the structure of your home and even nearby trees. If broken branches are spotted on the ground they are likely to be on your roof as well, to which you will want to have them removed. Listening for sounds like water leaks after a storm or uncommon sounds when the winds pick up can provide clues into whether shingles on your roof have come loose or possibly dislodged making your roof vulnerable to greater damage. If you do happen to notice sounds that are outside of the norm you can assess where the noise is coming from and/or call a professional to come out and provide you with an inspection.
No matter how new or old your home is, taking care of your roof is important as it is the roof over your head that helps keep you warm and safe from the outside elements. Besides that, replacing a roof can be costly, so properly maintaining your roof is essential in extending the life of your roof.