Your roof can last up to 20 years, which may even be longer than you live in your home. But, if you don't take care of your roof and pay close attention to signs of problems with your roof, it may only last 10 to 12 years. To help lengthen the life of your roof, there are things you can do to make your roof last longer. Read on for some helpful information.
1. Trim Trees And Other Landscaping
Trees and other landscaping that hangs over your roof, including ivy that can grow up the side of your house and along the roof, should be trimmed back. Tree limbs can be dangerous for your roof and your entire home, especially if it's a heavy limb that can damage your house and cause injury to anyone in your home.
Ivy and other landscaping growing onto your home can also cause damage and can allow mold growth or moisture to seep into your roof and through to the sheeting beneath. Ivy can also pull on your gutters and damage them, or they can damage the soffit/fascia of your home.
2. Clean Your Gutters
Clean your gutters out every spring and fall season to remove leaves and other debris from inside that can clog rainwater/melting snow and can lead to this dammed water causing water damage to your roof.
Clean out your gutters using a small shovel and a garbage bag or a bucket, and remove all of the leaves, twigs, and other items in your gutters. Use a garden hose to spray the gutters clean, and remember to spray the downspouts as well to be sure they aren't clogged with any material either.
3. Watch For Signs Of Problems
Keep an eye out for signs of problems with your roof, such as wet spots after the rest of the roof is completely dry, which may indicate a leak or seepage. You may also have shiny spots on your roof, which would indicate the loss of granules on your asphalt shingles. This granule loss means your shingles aren't protecting your roof as well as they should.
Other signs include missing shingles, peeling or cracked shingles, or stained shingles. If you spot any of these signs, have your roof inspected, repaired, and/or replaced as needed.
The cost of a new roof can be expensive, so you want this investment to last for as long as possible. Lengthen the life of your roof by using the tips above. If you spot a problem, call a roof repair service right away.