How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Posted on: September 2, 2014 by in Uncategorized
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What homeowner doesn?t want their roof to last as long as possible?
Replacing a roof is downright expensive and even repairs can really dent a homeowner?s budget. So the best option is for you to try and prolong the lifespan of the roof that protects you and your house.
Pay attention now because we are about to share some useful tips to extend the life of your roof.

Regular Inspection
This is necessary because it lets you know the condition your roof is in. Regular inspections will turn up damages, rots or structural problems. Check both roof and any ceilings that are in direct contact with the roof i.e. attic ceilings. On the roof itself, look for any debris, missing shingles, loose flashing, blocked vents. You don\’t have to climb the roof but a good pair of binoculars should enable you to make inspections safely.

Once a year, go up there and walk around ? look for telltale signs of dry rot and wetness. Soft spots mean dry rot and dark spots mean moist. Mold is another thing to look out for. If your roof has it, arrange for the mold to be removed immediately by a professional. Mold can corrode roof material overtime and decrease the life of your roof.

Do Not Delay Repairs
Whenever you see damages, missing shingles, rots, etc., get on with the repairs as soon as possible. Delaying repairs will only make the problem worse and before you know it, the damage has already crept down to other parts of the house. That would mean bigger repairs and more expenses.

Do Not Neglect Your Gutters
Gutters keep water away from running down the side of your house. If the gutter is laden with debris, water could not flow down the spout and overflow to the side of the gutters. Overflowing water can damage the shingles and roof. If water keeps flowing down the side of your house, it could erode the soil that protects your home?s foundation. Accumulated debris also makes the gutter heavier.
These tips to extend the life of your roof can prevent major and expensive repairs on your roof as well as extend the lifespan of your house?s roof.

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