TIPS TO EXTEND THE LIFE OF YOUR ROOF
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As the seasons change throughout the year, it is important to keep an eye out for any repairs your roof may need. Roof repairs and full replacements can take a huge chunk out of your bank account and even cost you some time. Here we are to offer you some tips to keep in mind to help extend the life of your roof.
Keeping your Gutters Clean:
Most of you know that gutters have the general purpose of allowing water to flow away from your roof. However, if the water can’t flow and drain properly, it can lead to severe water damage to your roof. Unclogging and cleaning your gutters should be done frequently, especially during the fall season when leaves are constantly falling. This is an easy task for you to keep an eye out for and even do yourself.
Noticing Unattended Roof Debris:
Besides inside the gutters, branches and leaves can fall and collect on any part of your roof. After storms and windy days, you can take a quick walk around your house and see if there are any piles of debris collecting. If you let these piles build up, it is easier for water to collect causing mold and rot on your roof. If you can’t access the debris buildup yourself, call a professional to help take care of it.
In the winter it is especially crucial to walk around your house to notice any snow or ice buildup. Especially this past year, we experienced fluctuating temperatures having freezing snow one day and beautiful sunny skies the next. It is possible that all the snow on top of your roof isn’t fully melting and caught in a cycle of refreezing then partially melting. This may cause what is called an ice dam that could lead to water leakage inside your house and massive damage to your roof.
Knowing the Weak Spots:
If you notice a shingle or two that is cracked or partially falling off, it could be possible that it is a weak spot on your roof. Having a weak spot could mean a million things ranging from severe damage to a small repair if it is not inspected. The condition of your roof should be checked out every few years by a professional who can make needed small repairs saving you time and money in the long run and let you know of any serious issues.
Trimming Nearby Trees:
Trees around your yard of course add to the curb appeal of your home and offer some shade during the summer months. However, they also add the potential danger of damaging your roof. Trimming the branches that are growing closer to your home can prevent them from falling on, scratching, or even denting your roof. And again, the leaves from these trees can clog your gutters or even trap moisture if stuck on the roof.
Ventilate and Insulate:
Something that most don’t think of when thinking about their roof, is their attic. Ventilating the attic allows the cool air to flow through and the hot, humid air to escape. We all know that heat rises so if all the humidity is trapped in the attic, mold can start to grow and cause damage directly below your roof. It can even cause “frying” to your shingles from below leading to the decay, warping, and cracking of them. Further, proper insulation is very important not only for the longevity of your home but to protect the structural elements such as your roof. Insulating will also protect your roof by ensuring the proper air flow throughout the whole house including your attic.
Getting your Roof Cleaned:
If you notice black streaks starting to appear on your roof, this may be a sign of mold. These streaks can be caused by many things such as a recent harmless rainstorm, but they indicate trapped moisture inside your roof. This can lead to the start of moss growth allowing easy mold growth and potential rotting. Another job for Midland Roofing to come and clean your roof of these tricky black streaks.
Conducting Regular Inspections:
Keeping an eye on your roof is obviously something easy you can do yourself, but you may not always catch a problem that’s waiting to happen. Professional Midland Roofers will inspect damaged shingles, look at your gutters, look for beginning signs of water damage, as well as walk around your attic. We will be able to point out any serious problems that need immediate attention as well as things that might need to have an eye kept on.
If you’re thinking to yourself right now that you might need to get your roof inspected, call us today at 401-783-8282 for a free consultation. Better to be safe than sorry!