Just like everything out there, your roofs also have their lifespan. On average, a roof lasts about 20-25 years but can be more, depends on its material. However, if you don’t look after your roof regularly, it may not last long enough.
So in this article, we have curated our top roof maintenance tips to help you increase the lifespan of your roof without spending much money on it.
Without further ado, let’s dive right into the six tips.
Do Some Common Inspection
The first and foremost step to know what could go wrong with your roof is to check and inspect them. A roof inspection is a process of inspecting or checking your roofs for any possible damage or determine how long your roof is going to last, based on their current conditions.
Generally, you will have to hire a roofing company to do a professional inspection work for you. But you can also do this work by yourself, by doing a visual inspection, from the ground. This includes looking for problems in these areas:
- Lifting or missing shingles
- Damaged drip edge
- Buckling, loose or missing flashing
- Missing or exposed fasteners
- Sagging or broken gutters
- Piles of granules
Clean The Gutters
Gutters are often clogged with leaves, debris, dust, etc. which can prevent proper passage water and hence can cause water to back up into the attic and damage the attic over time.
That’s why we advise to clean up your gutters at least twice a year, to free up anything that blocks the passage of water on your roof. One of the most common roof leakage problems is due to damaged attic and insulation systems, which causes by blocked gutters.
So take your time to dig into this and clean up your water passage system.
Trim Some Trees
Another roof maintenance tip that can do wonders for you is to ensure that all the tree branches around your roof and house are trimmed and taken care of regularly, the most obvious being the risk of them falling on your roof during severe weather.
Also, you would want to be extremely vigilant when it comes to cutting off branches that are directly over your roof. This will help reduce storm damage, while also preventing leaves from piling on top of your shingles, absorbing moisture and eventually rotting your roof.
Wash Your Roof
Over a while, just like any other area in your house, your roof gets dirty and needs to be cleaned. Moss, algae, leaves, debris, etc. All these get piled up and, over time, can rot your roof, if neglected.
To kill organic matters like algae and moss, spray your roof with a 50 percent mix of water and bleach. The bleach will kill these living organisms quickly. When it rains, the spray solution will steam down beneath your roof, killing the remaining left-over.
If you struggle to get rid of this debris by yourself, you can look for a roof cleaning service. The average cost is about $250-$1000 for a house.
Check Things After The Storm
You know how much a storm can damage your roof. Hail, wind, and large amounts of rain can cause excessive damage to your roof. After the storm, you would want to do a complete inspection on your roof.
Start checking if there’s anything out of shapes such as the windowsills or gutters. Check if the shingles have broken. Usually, shingles get cracked after the storm. Broken shingles usually need to be replaced, and therefore, you might need to look into this matter.
Don’t Forget The Insulation
This last tip is an extension from the second and the fifth tip. Roof insulation is one of the most fragile parts of your roofing system as it can easily get damaged by a storm and accumulated water, ice dams, and mold in the attic. Therefore, don’t forget to check regularly for any sign of damage in your insulation system.
Besides, make sure that the insulation attic and ventilation are correctly installed. Having open, vented spaces that allow air to pass freely with at least one inch between the insulation and roof sheathing is also ideal.
That’s all for all the roof maintenance tips that you can instantly apply. Keep in mind that the most important tip above is to do regular roof inspections to ensure that everything is working perfectly.
Also, if the problems appear to be larger than you handle, then don’t hesitate to reach out to a professional roofing company to get the job done for you.