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How to Make Your Roof Last
No matter how good the quality of your roof is, there will come a day when it needs to be replaced and no one enjoys spending big bucks on a new roof. The good news is, there are things you can do to make your current roof last longer.
You wouldn't expect your car to run for 20 years without regular maintenance, would you? It's really no different with your roof, it also requires routine upkeep to keep it performing the way it should.
In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most effective things you can do to lengthen your roof’s life.
By far, the most important thing you can do to prolong the life of your roof is to make sure it’s inspected regularly and that necessary repairs are made quickly.
If you feel comfortable with it, you can check the roof yourself for many of the most common roofing problems. At least once a year (preferably twice), grab your binoculars and look carefully at the roof, inch by inch. Check for anything that doesn’t appear to be quite right, such as the following:
• popped nail heads
• shingles that are missing, cracked, discolored, curled up, or are missing a significant amount of granules
• tiles that are cracked, broken, or have damaged mortar
• flashing that’s rusted, worn, or slipped out of place
• damp, slimy, or mossy-looking areas
• any dips or puddles on the roof’s surface
• deteriorated soffit or fascia
• don’t forget to check your attic for discoloration or dampness on the ceiling
Even if you do feel comfortable checking out your own roof, it’s still a good idea to have it inspected by a professional every so often. After years of experience with all kinds of roof issues, professional roofers can often spot small, yet significant problems before they turn into something big (and expensive!)
If you do find any problems when your roof is inspected, have them taken care of right away. Time is not your friend when it comes to fixing roof issues.
Keep Everything Clean
Don’t allow leaves, moss, fungus, or other debris to build up on your roof. They can trap moisture against the roof, encouraging deterioration and rot. Regularly sweep valleys and gutters to keep them clear.
The same goes for the gutters, keep them free of twigs, leaves, stray toys, and anything else that can clog them up and cause water to back up on the roof.
Check the Attic
Don't forget to check out the attic when you're inspecting the roof as it's often the first place, you'll spot signs of trouble. Look for stains on the ceiling, any moist or damp areas on the rafters or attic floor, and any unusual smells.
Since no homeowner wants to pay for a new roof before it's necessary, it just makes good sense to practice regular maintenance so you can make the one you have last as long as possible.
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