How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Every 3,000 miles, we take our cars to a mechanic and get the oil replaced. Why? To ensure that it will run for many more years and our engines will be able to handle the strain of everyday use. This is a perfect example of preventative maintenance. In so many other instances, we go to great lengths to protect ourselves against an unwanted failure of proper operation. Unfortunately, one that often gets overlooked is the upkeep of your roof. As a homeowner, it is imperative to protect and extend the life of your roof. How can you do this? Take a few minutes to follow along and you will have the answers you need.

The best way to prevent problems with your roof is to be aware. One of the biggest indications that something is going wrong is a leak. When you spot one, don’t wait to call one of the many Jacksonville roofing companies. When leaks go untreated they threaten the integrity of your roof. They can be a result of improper installation or extreme weather patterns. Leaks lead to mold and rot, which over time, will destroy your roof and make your home unsafe. Another thing to watch for is the accumulation of debris. Branches can fall on the roof creating serious damage. Tree limbs should be trimmed back away from the roof as much as possible and if a tree is close enough to pose a threat to your home, it should be removed. The removal of such debris prevents punctures and allows water to flow off your roof.

Another great resource homeowners have to protect their roofing system is roof maintenance programs. This proactive step helps avoid extensive and expensive repairs that often result when maintenance is neglected. The programs include inspections, surface cleanings and expert response any time you discover a problem with your roof. Research shows that roofs that are properly maintained can last 50% longer than those that are not. These programs help raise the value of your home as you have a recorded history that proves you have properly looked after your home’s roofing system. Since the National Roofing Contractors Association suggests that a roof should be inspected at least twice annually, it should be an easy choice as to whether or not to take advantage of these great programs.  We recommend calling one of the qualified Jacksonville roofers in your area to schedule a consultation.

Here are a few more tips for properly maintaining your roof:

  1. Keep all gutters free of debris. Make sure that the downspouts are draining properly by water testing them.
  2. Have any damaged shingles replaced.
  3. Look for loose material or wear around chimneys, pipes and other penetrations.
  4. Make an appointment to determine whether you have appropriate levels of insulation.
  5. Look for animal damage. Squirrels, chipmunks, raccoons and birds will all make themselves at home on and under your roof if given the chance.
  6. Avoid walking on the roof. No matter what material your roof is made of, it can be fragile if walked on.