Most shingle roofs will last between 20-30 years, but this number can be higher or lower, depending on your climate and how well you maintain the system. Weather is responsible for the vast majority of roof damage, but homeowner’s ability to keep the roof in top shape with preventive maintenance can help to limit it’s impact. These things may seem unnecessary at first, but they go a long way to cut down on unexpected expenses and inconveniences associated with getting a new roof.
This article will highlight some tips that will increase the durability of your roof.
Clean Your Gutters
It may seem unrelated, but clogged gutters won’t do your roof any good. Gutters are there to channel water flow away from the house. When they become clogged with debris, sticks, and leaves, they can hardly perform this function. The water needs to go somewhere so, it leaks into your home, causing damage to the foundation and the roof. Cleaning your gutter also makes your home look good and keeps the pests away.
Trim Your Trees
Ensure to trim trees around the house regularly to improve the lifespan of your roof. When branches of a tree hang right over your roof, pests and rodents gain easy access and cause damage. It’s also possible that branches around your home can break and fall onto the roof system. A heavy tree branch landing on your roof is almost sure to cause some degree of damage. Try to keep the branches 10 feet away from the roof at all times. Seek the help of professionals to treat jobs and minimal home or tree damage.
Prevent Ice Dams
Ice dams on the roof eventually melt and can cause severe water damage over time. That makes preventing ice dams essential. One way to your roof is protected is to install enough insulation in your attic so snow doesn’t melt off your roof, unless the weather outside is warm enough to cause it. Another way is to manually clear off any ice or snow on it with a rake. To prevent ice dams, it is advisable that you clear around three to four feet around rain gutters.
Do Periodic Checks & Inspections
Staying constantly aware of the state of your roof will help you identify faults early. This is very important, especially after storms. Walk around the house looking for any shingle granules or even whole shingles that may have fallen off. If you can get up there for further inspection, it’s even better. If you cannot, a pair of binoculars will do the trick. Look out for curling shingles, damaged flashing around the vents, and other damages.
Contact Us Today
Following these tips can help you keep your home protected from damage, and ensure that your roof stays in good repair! If you need assistance replacing your roof this year, our team at Quinn’s Construction is ready to assist! Reach out to our team today by calling us at (978) 957-1200 or by filling out our team’s online contact form! We look forward to assisting you!