Looking for the best ways to extend the life of your roof?
Your roof directly protects you, your family, and all of your possessions from the elements. Whether your roof was installed recently or is slowly approaching the end of its lifespan, keeping it in the best possible shape is essential. Performing regular maintenance on your roof may be time consuming, but it could save you money in the long run. Roof replacement is a big investment so the better you take care of your roof, the longer it will last. These tips can help you protect the investment and help your roofing system last as long as possible.
Extending the life of your roof might sound daunting, but it is much easier than you might think! Simple routine checks and maintenance will go a long way in ensuring you’re getting the most out of your investment. Here are a few easy ways to extend the life of your roof:
Generally, most of the dirt and debris on your roof will collect into your gutters, which can easily be cleaned using a ladder. It’s important to regularly inspect and clean you gutters to avoid clogs, which can cause water damage to the connecting board, trim, and fascia over time.
Shady areas on your roof can be prone to moss and mold growth. Though they may look soft and fuzzy, mold and moss feeds on whatever surface they live on, breaking it down slowly over time. They also retain moisture, which can further exacerbate the decay. There are specialty cleaning products available that are effective and safe for the environment but a mixture of household products can be the solution! Mix 8 ounces of regular Dawn dish liquid, 1-4 cups of white distilled vinegar, and two gallons of water to eliminate moss and mildew build up!
The effects of ice and snow can cause a roof to age prematurely because they add a lot of weight to the roof. It goes without saying that the extended contact with the winter elements also lowers the temperature of your roofing materials. Many materials expand and contract with the temperature fluctuations, causing stress and wear. Taking the necessary steps to prevent ice dams and remove large accumulations of snow is highly advised.
If you have trees near your home, take a look at the branches and make sure they are not hanging over your roof. The branches could break and fall onto your roof during a particularly harsh storm, but they also make it easy for pests to find their way onto your roof and into your home. Before you know it, insects or rodents could cause major damage to your roof and home.
Any issue with your roof can be cheaper or easier to fix if caught in the early stages. The longer a problem goes unattended, the more it can fester. Depending on the age of your roof and budget, investing in a roof inspection every one to three years could be beneficial.
If you’re looking for a company to perform a roof inspection in central Pennsylvania, choose Dreamworx Exteriors! With over 30 years of experience, our roofing contractors can quickly diagnose any issues you may have and recommend repairs based on the results. Contact us today for more information.
“Living comfortably at home means living in a safe, cozy house that protects you from outside elements.” -Dreamworx Co-Owner, Charlie Anderson