Every roof has an expected lifespan, and, to get the most of it, you have to make sure your roof gets the care and maintenance that it needs. Here are the ways that you can help extend your roof’s lifespan.
1. Keep Up With Your Roof’s Maintenance
Residential roofing requires maintenance conducted by a roofing professional every three to five years. Scheduled maintenance helps make sure that all problems, big and small, are fixed before they can get bigger. Keeping up with maintenance also helps prevent your warranty coverage from getting voided. We recommend signing up for a maintenance agreement if it’s offered by your roofing contractor. It’s basically pre-booking all your scheduled maintenance, which makes it convenient especially if your maintenance appointments happen to fall during peak season.
2. Perform Regular Inspections
Roofing inspections should be performed once or twice a year, between maintenance appointments. All you need to do is visually inspect the roof both inside and out for signs of damage, aging and missing components, and call your roofers for repairs.
3. Clean the Gutters
Many people consider gutters as a separate system, but they are complementary to your roof’s function. Problems with your gutters can directly affect your roof. Whether you choose to clean your gutters yourself or hire professionals to do it, what’s important is making sure that the gutters are cleaned once or twice a year. This helps prevent rainwater infiltration that can be detrimental to your roof’s lifespan. Gutter covers can help prevent leaves and debris from getting into the gutters and is worth considering as an investment.
4. Trim Tree Branches
If you have trees on your property, pay attention to the branches that are closest to your roof. Sharp branches can poke and scratch the roofing surface, which can expose the substrate to moisture and ultraviolet (UV) damage. It can also give small animals access to your rooftop. If you’re unsure how to trim the branches without harming the tree, we recommend hiring a local arborist.
Rapid Roofing & Restoration is one of the leading roofing and gutters companies serving communities in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Give us a call at (812) 837-9654, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.