7 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Roof
Homeowners know that the roof is one of the most substantial expenses they will ever make. Replacing a roof is costly, but having a collapse or leak is even worse, which is why the best way to prolong the life of your roof is to prevent damage from happening. These are some of the best ways to maintain your roof, extend its life, and eventually save some money in the long run.
- Ice and snow removal
It is dangerous to get on the roof during winter, but you won’t have to, providing you have a roof rake. Use a roof rake to clear the ice and snow from your roof, but be careful not to have the snow crash down on you. Ice and snow can put stress on your roof structure, so it’s best to keep it clear.
- Debris removal
Removing debris can help you in several ways. Debris buildup can add weight to your roof and cause total failure or sagging. Certain types of pine needles and leaves, as well as bird droppings, can cause premature aging. Also, you will prevent water buildup because debris can prevent the roof from shedding water. To sweep debris off it, use a push broom – avoid brooms with hard bristles because they may remove asphalt granules from the shingles. You can also clean it with a garden hose (not power washers because high-pressure streams can damage the roof).
- Clean the gutters
To prevent clogs; clear shingle granules, sticks, leaves, and trapped water from your gutters. They can only handle so much weight before collapsing.
- Trim tree limbs
If any tree branches are about to fall on the roof, you should prevent that by trimming them. When tree limbs fall on the roof, they can lead to water collection in particular areas and damage your roof. Also, they may be blocking the sun from drying those areas properly. If there’s any puddled water on the rooftop, squeegee or brush it off. That’s especially important if the roof gets little direct sunlight or is flat.
- Remove fungus and algae
Fungi, moss, and algae are stubborn and can grow on any roof. To prevent their growth, mix up equal parts of water and bleach in a sprayer and apply it to affected areas. After you clean it, install a zinc strip near the ridge to prevent future problems from happening. The zinc particles from these strips are absorbed in the water as it runs over them, coating the rooftop with a protective layer.
- Check the seals around skylights
Inspect the seals around your skylights because they can wear out over time. Get sealant that’s made specifically for windows and apply it, or hire a professional roofer to carry out the job.
- Check the roof flashings
Most room leaks happen due to improperly installed or damaged flashing. Inspect the flashing around chimneys and vents to make sure the seal is watertight. If you notice any damage, you can fix it by applying polyurethane sealant.
Before you attempt any of these things, make sure that everything is secure and safe. If it is too dangerous to do it yourself, give us a call. We have the experience, knowledge, and equipment to finish any roofing job the right way.
Contact us if you need your roof expected and maintained!