Replacing a roof is one of the most expensive projects that you can ever undertake for your home. The key to avoiding this eventuality sooner than expected is by consistently taking care of the basic needs of your roof to extend its lifespan as long as possible.
You don’t always need a professional to handle these frequent tasks, although if you encounter problems or have questions based on what you see, it’s worthwhile to ask a contractor to take a look.
These are some basic tips to keep your existing roof in excellent condition throughout it’s lifespan:
Keep It Clean
Something as basic as simply maintaining a clean roof can dramatically increase its lifespan. Sometimes home owners only focus on cleaning just after a stormy season such as our Arizona monsoons. But basic debris clutter can wear down your roof significantly over time. Leaves, twigs, branches and other organic matter can break your roof down and attract pests. This is especially true of both flat roofs and for shingles, which can wear away the granules that keep your substructure protected.
Just a few tools, such as broom and a leaf blower, can go a long way to keep your roof clear of debris. We recommend that you regularly check your roof and just clear away any build up. Additionally, ensure you are checking your drainage areas such as gutters.
When we talk about roof maintenance, we’re typically referring to many of the small problems that come up that most home owners can handle on their own. This includes flashing that has become loose, ponding water areas, or loose fasteners.
If you are more comfortable with a professional handling ongoing maintenance, we can work with you to set up an ongoing schedule. It is far less expensive to do continual professional maintenance than to have major problems down the road.
The biggest part of this step is to get to it quickly. Once the elements penetrate the protective layer of your roof, your sub structure can accumulate damage fast. Small leaks can easily lead to very large leaks, damaged wood and mold. Compromised areas also deteriorate quickly, increasing the amount of damage that occurs on an ongoing basis.
Getting your roof repaired quickly is the key to ensuring you don’t have a major roofing problem that requires a large investment.
If you have any questions about the condition of your roof, or if you’ve had some damage that you need to get a quote on, please give us a call today and we’ll come out to assess the condition of your roof for free, and offer options on how best to proceed.