How to Prolong the Life of Your Roof

08/14/2018
Roof that's well cared forKeeping your roof in good shape will extend its life and prevent a costly replacement. 
Therefore, it is important for you to be aware of simple repairs and preventative measures which may help to extend the life of your roof.
 
While there are various roof materials, including copper, tile, and metal, the majority of roofs have shingles. The quality of the materials used and skill with which they were installed can have a great impact on the lifespan of a roof.

How to diminish aging and decay of your roof shingles

Try these easy maintenance and repair tasks to prolong the life of your shingled roof:
  • Gutters. Keeping your gutters clean will prevent unnecessary water damage to the deckboard, fascia, and soffit boards along the gutter line. Clean gutters also allow rainwater to properly drain through your downspouts.
  • Debris removal. Tree branches, leaves, and other debris that may collect along roof valleys should be removed as soon as possible. Cut overhanging branches of tall trees around your house. If there's a tree that's not on your property but its branches are hanging over your roof, you should check local ordinances to find out if you have permission to do any kind of trimming. 
  • Ice dams. Check for ice dams that may develop when snow is partially melted.
  • Worn shingles. When shingles wear out or fall off, your roof is exposed to the elements, which cause it to rot or leak. This can lead to even more extensive and expensive repairs in the future.
  • Attic ventilation. When ventilation is poor, the temperature in your attic during the summer months can reach well into the upper 100s. This can cause your roof to age prematurely as the superheated air has the potential to penetrate attic insulation and negatively affect the cooling of your home, damaging wallpaper, paint, and floors. On the roof, high temperatures can cause your shingles to decay more quickly and result in warped or cracked rafters. In the winter, excess moisture from bathrooms and kitchens can build up in the attic. This moisture can collect and condense, soaking attic insulation. The Federal Housing Administration recommends a minimum of at least one square foot of attic ventilation (both intake and exhaust) for every 300 square feet of attic space.
  • Insulation. Insulation can also extend the life of a roof by protecting the structural components of a building. Because the temperatures on roofs can rise up to 90 degrees higher than the air temperature, roofs transfer heat to the attic below. Reduce the transfer of radiant heat by insulating attics with radiant barriers and reflective insulation. This will reflect the heat back to the roof and decrease the temperature in the structure.
  • Regular inspections. Having your roof inspected regularly at the very minimum of every two or three years is essential. Check the flashing attached to your chimney and vents to see if they are blocked. Inspecting your roof and attic ceilings will help you spot signs of damage, mold, wear, leaks, rot, or any other structural problems.
When your roof reaches the end of its extended life...
No matter how good you are to your roof, at some point, it will need a repair or a replacement, and when it does, Joye Roofing is the company to call. Contact us today either by phone or online!
 
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Derek Joye has been roofing homes and businesses in the Midlands for over 10 years.