Your roof is arguably one of the most important features of your home. After all, it’s meant to protect you and your family and give you shelter. So, it’s no wonder the roof of your home is one of its costliest features. However, we rarely give the roof a second thought, until it’s too late and needs to be replaced.
Since your roof can last up to 25 plus years with adequate maintenance, we’ve put together a list of some things you can do protect your investment and extend the lifetime of your roof.
1. Take a Look
It’s important that you visually check your roof at least twice a year, preferably in the spring and fall. You’ll want to keep an eye out for these things:
- Lifted or missing shingles
- Granules piled up (these are the protective part of your roof’s shingles)
- Damaged, buckling, or missing flashing
- Exposed and/or missing fasteners
- Sagging, tilting, or broken gutters
- The drip edge is damaged
- Clean Out Your Gutters
Gutters tend to get backed up with debris, leaves, and other material. It’s important to check them every now and then and have them cleaned a few times a year – especially before a storm. Otherwise, heavy rain can cause water damage and rot the fascia. Make sure to hire a professional to ensure your gutters are taken care of properly.
2. Trim Surrounding Trees
People often forget how important continual tree trimming is. Not only does trimming and pruning keep your trees looking beautiful, but it’s extremely important for your tree’s health. Overhanging branches can pose a threat to surrounding structures (like your roof) and passersby. During one strong storm, a weak limb could break off and fall onto your roof. In some cases, the entire tree could fall onto your roof, causing an emergency situation. Avoid these threats by maintaining your trees, and you won’t need to worry about a roof repair.
3. Look for Moss & Algae
Depending on the region you live in, moss may or may not be an issue for your roof. In cold, moist climates, algae can pose a real problem for your roof. You can prevent moss and algae growth by doing the following:
- Make sure your attic is properly ventilated
- Remove debris on your roof and gutters
- Trim any overhanging tree branches
4. Check the Roof’s Insulation
Proper insulation and ventilation in your attic can help keep your roof in optimal condition by reducing moisture and preventing ice dams from forming on the eaves of your roof. If you notice you have problems with ice dams (ice accumulating at the end of your roof), it may be time to upgrade your insulation.
5. Re-caulk Problem Areas
Roof flashing is an extremely important element of your roof and helps prevent leaking or water damage. If low-quality caulking was used during your roof’s installation, it’s possible the flashing will not hold its seal. Have a professional check the flashing around the base of your home’s chimney, any dormers, valleys, pipe vents, and the drip edge. Resealing the flashing may be necessary due to normal wear and tear over time.