When you buy a home, you expect your roof to last forever. Roof replacement costs average around $34,000, so it’s important to catch any problems with your roof early. Fortunately, with a bit of consistent maintenance getting your roof to last is a simple task. This blog post looks at five different tips that will help you increase the longevity of your roof.
1. Keep Your Gutters Clean
Clogged gutters are often the source of easily avoidable problems. Keeping your gutters clogged can ruin the paint on your siding and even contribute to rotting your roof rafters. These types of damages significantly impact the value of your home and cost you thousands in repairs. Make an effort to clean your gutters a minimum of twice a year.
The best times to clean your gutters are at the beginning of spring and fall. Installing gutter protectors is a great way to stop debris from clogging your drain. Clean gutters are a simple way to help your roof last longer.
2. Don’t Let Moss Build Up On Your Roof
Moss is a silent killer that isn’t talked about enough. Certain types of moss such as black algae pose no threat to your roof. A little chlorine mixed with water and detergent will get rid of black algae, but it’s hardly worth the effort of going on your roof. However, if you notice moss growing on your roof, you need to be concerned. Moss traps water which speeds up the degradation of your roof.
If you have lots of moss buildup, you’ll need to use potassium bath salts to kill the growth. Roofing companies can install zinc strips on your roof which inhabit the moss from growing back.
3. Get Rid Of Overhanging Branches
Getting rid of overhanging branches is another preemptive step you can take to protect your roof. Overhanging branches gives squirrels and other small animals access to your roof. When animals get up on your roof, they gnaw on your shingles and cause damage. Try keeping branches at least 10 feet away from your roof to make it hard for animals to gain access. Getting rid of overhanging branches is also important to protect your shingles during storms.
Whenever there are high winds, your roof is at risk of being damaged by branches swinging around. Roofing companies are qualified to deal with large overhanging branches that are difficult and dangerous to remove.
4. Inspect Your Roof After Big Storms
After making it through a big storm, it’s important to ensure everything with your roof is ok. Catching problems with your roof early can often make a difference in how much it costs you to fix the issue. After big storms, give a quick check for disconnected or missing shingles and shingles that are starting to curl. Also take a look at damage around any vents, chimneys, and skylights on your roof.
5. Make Sure You Have Proper Insulation And Ventilation
Another way to protect your roof is by protecting your attic. Proper insulation in your attic keeps your home’s interior temperature stable which prevents water vapor from pooling under your roof. Eliminating this pooling of vapor saves you money on heating costs in the winter and cooling costs in the summer. If you want extra protection, you can add a layer of vapor retarder under your insulation.
Another essential factor to consider is your ventilation. Ventilation also helps keep water buildup and moisture under control. Excess moisture damages your roof’s rafters and sheathings. Make sure the vents from your attic to outside are completely free of debris. You may also need to install screens to prevent small animals from creating nests in your vents.