From trimming back trees to addressing minor issues quickly, there are a few key steps you can take to help extend your roofing system’s lifespan. You want your roof to last as long as it can, as roof replacement is a big investment. By maintaining your roof and regularly making necessary repairs, you can keep your roof looking and functioning its best.
1. Wash Your Roof Annually and Make Repairs
It’s a fact: roofs get dirty. Your roof is the first thing that bird droppings, pests, overhanging limbs, acid rain and falling debris come in contact with, so it takes a brunt of the environmental damage that occurs to your home. Black streaks due to mold, mildew and algae can be quite unsightly if left unchecked. But it does a lot more than bring down the aesthetics of your property. That organic growth is eating away at your roofing system, degrading its ability to protect your home over the years.
Getting your roof cleaned every year will remove those layers of grime and dirt so your roof’s true beauty can shine through. Soft washing is best, as high pressure washes can blow off shingles and introduce moisture into the underlayment, leading to leaks.
Next, if you spot any areas of concern, get them repaired right away rather than putting them off. Neglecting minor repairs will ensure they turn into major ones later, leading to big, unexpected bills. So check the shingles regularly, look for rusted flashing, inspect the state of your chimney, and be on the lookout for leaks.
2. Trim Back Vegetation
If you have overhanging trees surrounding your home, make sure you trim them back each year so they don’t brush up against your roof or siding. Not only do dangling limbs pose a falling hazard that can pierce your roof, they provide an easy way for critters like squirrels to gain access to your roof and attic. By the same token, clean out your gutters each spring and fall so water doesn’t back up and lead to foundation damage. Overstuffed gutters can also compromise your roof and siding, as they pull away from the home and place stress on your exteriors.
3. Get Yearly Inspections
While you may spot obvious signs of damage yourself, a professional roofer knows exactly what to look for. This will help catch minor issues before they become more extensive and expensive. You don’t want to wait so long that you need a total roof replacement. Schedule a yearly roof inspection to preserve the integrity of your roof, catch safety issues before they can pose a danger, and extend the life of your roofing system overall.
Contact Hi-Tech Windows and Siding for Complete Roofing Services
As you inspect your roof regularly, you may come across concerns or issues that you would like a roofer to take a look at. Just contact us at 800-851-0900 for a free estimate on anything from roof repairs to replacements.