Caring for Your Roofing System: How to Prolong Its Life

Man inspecting a damaged roofThe roof above your head protects you, your family, your belongings, and the rest of your home from the elements. With practically nothing to protect your roof, however, it is at the mercy of Mother Nature. At any rate, a roof is often the first part of the home to sustain damage due to exposure. Here’s how to keep this issue at bay and make your roof last longer.

Prevent trees from touching it

Trees that stand too close to your home are bad news. They may fall on your house during a storm. At the very least, the branches may reach your roof, and the falling leaves and branches may force you to clean your roof more frequently. Overhanging branches are perches for birds and other animals, exposing your roof to more damage coming from animal droppings. Trim overhanging branches to prevent these problems.

Clear gutters and rainspouts

Gutters and rainspouts guide rain, melted ice, and snow away from your roof and the rest of your house, helping prevent pooling and water damage to the foundation. Leaves, branches, birds’ nests, and other debris can clog up your gutters and rainspouts. Make sure to have them cleared at least twice a year, especially before the rains or the snow comes. Invest in gutter guards for added protection from debris. Don’t neglect even minor damage. Call a professional such as Uncle Skeeter’s Roofs and Gutters for gutter repair in Southern Maryland immediately to prevent the damage from becoming worse.

Clean the roof

The gutters and downspouts are not the only parts of your roof that need cleaning; the entire roof needs some checking and cleaning several times a year. Pay close attention to the area of your roof that may be under shade or the shadow of another building or tree. That area may have moss or some other growth. This leads to moisture retention, which can damage the roof. Check the flashing to see if there is any lifting or cracking.

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Replace damaged parts or entire roof

Inspect your roof carefully and fix or replace the parts that are damaged. Buckling, cracked, or missing shingles should be replaced. If there is too much damage and it warrants a total roof replacement, check with your contractor if they have a roof type that’s perfect for the weather in your area. Paying a premium now can prevent having to spend more money several times over the course of its lifetime.

Your roof is your first protection against the elements. Help it do its job by giving it a little TLC that can lengthen its life.