5 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Roof
Created on:- Fri, 07/27/2018 - 18:12
A new roof is a big investment. The following tips will help extend the life of your roof.
1. Get A Professional Inspection Every Year
Inspections are key to preventive roof maintenance. Stoltzfus Roofing will tell you if you have problems that need to be addressed immediately.
2. Trim Nearby Branches
Trees provide shade, but they can also cause a roof to fail early. The problems large trees may cause to your roof can far outweigh the benefits if proper care is not taken. When leaves don’t fall off of the roof naturally, moisture gets trapped under them. These leaves could also get caught in the gutters.
Large branches may fall and damage your roof during a storm. While this damage may be small and unnoticed at first, eventually it becomes apparent. Trim branches and your roof will last longer.
3. Maintain Gutters
Clogged gutters cause roof leaks. When the water has nowhere to go, it will pool along the bottom edge of your roof and slowly deteriorate the facia and roof edge. Clean your gutters of debris.
4. Ventilate the Attic
Proper ventilation allows cool air to enter the attic and warm, humid air to escape. Too much moisture in the attic will result in mold that can damage the insulation as well as the roof. Ventilation also saves money on cooling bills. Hot air trapped in the attic can make the entire house warm and overwork your air conditioner.
In order for ventilation to work properly, you need both soffit vents near the lower section of the attic area and some type of roof vents near the highest part of the attic. This allows cool air to enter and the hot air to escape.
Stoltzfus Roofing can tell you what type of ventilation is good for you. Each vent serves different types of roof styles and slopes.
5. Insulate to Keep Heat Out
Shingle roofs absorb heat. If the attic isn’t properly insulated, interior spaces heat up. It’s important to avoid blocking vents with insulation. Having insulation correctly installed with the right type and amount will ensure it provides the maximum amount of energy-efficiency.
By following these simple tips, you can ensure your roof protects your home and increase the life of your roof.