01 May Tips for Making Your Roof Last Longer
A new roof is a worthy investment to make in your home because of the curb appeal and energy efficiency it can offer, so it’s important to protect that investment as much as possible with regular maintenance and a few cautionary practices. Here are a few tips for ensuring that your new roof will last for years to come.
Keep the gutters clean.
Keeping your gutters clean has more benefits than you might think. When gutters become clogged and rainwater is forced to sit atop a roof for extended periods of time, that water is more likely to find its way through roof sheathing, even causing it to rot.
Clear away gathered leaves.
It’s okay for a few leaves here and there to blow onto a roof, but wet piles of leaves that have collected on a roof are problematic. Much like the dangers of clogged gutters, piles of leaves on a roof can trap moisture and cause water to seep into roof sheathing.
Trim your trees.
Trees can play a negative role in the lifespan of your roof, especially if you live in a wetter climate. In wetter climates, a tree and the shade it provides could prevent a roof from fully drying, trapping moisture that could cause damage over an extended period of time. In climates such as these, a tree is best trimmed back so that it doesn’t shade the roof. Another advantage to trimming the trees surrounding a roof—in any climate—is preventing the possibility of a falling branch or limb damaging the surface of the roof.
Wash the surface regularly.
Power washing your roof on a regular basis can prevent the growth of moss and mold. It’s best to use the lowest pressure setting possible when doing this, and since it can be hazardous, consider hiring a professional.
Inspect it regularly.
Last but not least, thoroughly inspecting your roof regularly—on an annual basis, for example—is a great way to keep tabs on any problems in your roof that could make for an expensive repair further on down the road. A roof inspection can help you locate cracks, curled-up edges, dips, or unexpected holes in the roof, all of which should be repaired immediately if they are found. Those living in climates with harsh winters will want to inspect their roofs once the winter is over, while those living in hot climates would do better to have their inspections at the end of summer. It’s also always a good idea to inspect the roof after any major rain or hail storm.