How to Extend the Lifespan of Your Roof: 4 Tips from Roofing Experts

March 23, 2020 at 4:00 AM
by Rain Tight Roofing
roofing experts

The average homeowner doesn’t think to inspect and care for their roof through ongoing maintenance. But just like most other aspects of your home, it is not immune to wear and tear.

Some roofing materials last 10 to 20 years, while others are built for even more longevity. 

But either way, there are things you can do to positively impact and possibly even extend this projected lifespan.

Considering the fact that a roof replacement is both timely and costly, here are some tips from our roofing experts on how you can do your part to extend the lifespan of your roof:

1. Keep your trees trimmed.

Trees provide shade, but they can also cause significant damage to your roof and reduce its lifespan.

Tree branches can rub up against your rooftop, shaking shingles loose. They can also be broken during storms or high winds and fall on your roof. 

2. Take care of your gutters.

Gutters serve several purposes when it comes to extending the lifespan of your roof. They help catch debris and leaves. They also manage the flow of water to prevent your roof from being exposed to excess water, causing water damage. 

Spring is a great time of year to clean out your gutters, or to have a professional do it for you and prepare them for the upcoming year ahead. Be sure to check that all gutters are securely fastened, filling in any holes or gaps, and remove all leaves, debris and excess water. 

3. Know the importance of attic ventilation.

The majority of threats to your roof come from above; however, there is also a significant level of threat from below.

Poor attic ventilation can lead to a number of problems, including premature aging of your roof.

During the summer months, attic temperatures can reach temperatures in the mid 100s without proper airflow. This can lead to the “frying” of your shingles, causing them to decay more quickly.

During the winter months, various household appliances such as showers and bathtubs can contribute to an excess in moisture buildup, which can cling to the underside of the roof.

4. Have a roofing expert perform regular inspections.

Most homeowners wait to call in an expert until something really goes wrong. However, this will often leave you footing a big bill because the issue will be larger or more advanced at that point. 

Preventative maintenance is essential to extending the lifespan of your roof, and regular inspections are a key part of this preventative maintenance. 

When you need a roofing expert, call us!

Whether it is time for roof maintenance, or time to replace it entirely, our team is equipped to take care of the job. We make it our mission to tackle your roofing problems quickly and affordably.

Request a free inspection today so you can make an informed decision. We’re ready to help you!