Tips on How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

24 Jul 2018

When you’re a homeowner, you want to protect your investment and keep it in good condition for as long as you can. There is no area of your house that needs to be in top shape more than your roof. A damaged and leaky roof in disrepair can lead to a multitude of problems for the entire house, so it is important that you are on top of things before they grow into bigger issues.

If you’re looking to extend the life of your roof and keep it from causing problems for the rest of your house, there are a number of tips you can follow that will help lengthen its life and ward off needing a full replacement prematurely.

Extending the Life of Your Roof

  • Be on top of any damage or repairs before they become a bigger problem.

It is important that you take care of any damage or leaks you find in your roof the moment that you spot them, as putting these repairs off will only cause the issue to get worse. While you may be hesitant to put forth the money for repairs and think that a little bit of a leak can be ignored, you will end up costing yourself more money in the long run. Call our professional team at Mountain West Roofing as soon as any damage is found, and we’ll fix the problem before it gets bigger.

  • Clean your roof and gutters.

This is especially important during autumn as there can be a lot of debris from tree branches, twigs, and leaves that accumulate on the surface of the roof as well as your gutters. Large branches can scrape and damage the shingles on your roof, as well as cause blockages in your gutters that lead to a backup of water that can cause rot and damaging ice underneath the shingles.

  • Monitor all seals and other areas with a protrusion from the roof.

If your roof has a Chimney, Skylights, B-Vents, or other utilities on it, you should be inspecting the seals around these areas regularly to make sure that they are not damaged or compromised. These joints are a prime spot for water to enter through the roof and cause leaks and mould, so be sure to keep an eye on the integrity of these areas.

  • Keep an eye out for signs of insects or animals.

Regardless of whether you live in a rural, suburban, or urban area, be watchful for any signs of damage from insects or animals on your roof. Evidence of pests can include wood that has been chewed or has holes from burrowing. Your attic is an enticing place for rodents, raccoons, and other animals to seek refuge, so be vigilant in making sure that your roof is not compromised from pest activity. If you spot evidence of animal or insect activity, get the issue remedied right away.

Follow these simple maintenance tips and the lifespan of your roof will be extended, and save you money in the long run.