How To Maintain Your Roof For A Long Time

roof maintenanceNo matter how old your roof is, there are some things you can do to ensure it lasts as long as possible. New roofs are expensive and can cost you more than $35,000 for high quality materials. Composition shingles average $18,000. It doesn’t matter if your roof is years old. Keeping it in good condition will prolong its life and help prevent premature replacement.

These are some things that you can do to make sure your roof lasts a lifetime.

Gutter Maintenance

Gutters that are clogged can lead to a wet crawl space and ruined siding paint. It may surprise you to learn that overflow can also go up. If leaves accumulate in the gutters, water can seep into the roof sheathing and cause it to rot.

This type of damage can cost thousands of dollars to repair. You can prevent this from happening by cleaning your gutters each fall and spring. If you’re comfortable working on a ladder, you can do it yourself or hire a professional roofer.

Remove the Leaves

If your roof is simple and has low landscaping surrounding it, leaves will not accumulate on it. If your roof is more complex or if there are tall trees nearby, you should expect leaves to accumulate near the chimney and roof valleys. These leaves can trap moisture and eventually decompose slowly, creating a perfect environment for mold growth.

If you have a low-sloped roof or a single-story home, you may be able remove the leaves with a soft car wash brush attached to a telescoping stick. A leaf blower or roof leaf lake can also be used.

Trim Tree Branches That Overhang The Roof

Trimming your trees is a great way to keep moss and potential mold off your roof. This helps ensure that your roof is free from damage. Shingles can be damaged by tree limbs and leaves, especially in high winds. Rodents can also gain access to your roof through overhanging branches, which allows them to chew on the siding and roof. If you want to keep pests away, tree branches must be kept at least 10 feet from your home. If that is impossible, you can cover the trunk of the tree using a sheet metal bank to keep these pests from climbing the tree.

Pay attention and listen

If you have heard or seen scurrying from your roof at night or after a storm, make sure to check your roof for any damage. You should inspect your roof for missing, loose, or curling shingles. Also, make sure to check flashing around skylights, chimneys, and vents for damage. You should immediately call North Myrtle Beach’s roofing contractor if you notice anything amiss.

NMB Roofing Pros can help you install, repair, or maintain your roof.

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