Your roof improves the aesthetic appeal of your home and increases home value. A functional roofing system protects your home from the elements and helps maintain the ideal home temperature, improving your home’s energy efficiency and comfortability.
Like almost everything else, roofs are not supposed to last forever and need to be replaced once they reach the end of their service life. Replacing a roof is a major financial decision. A new roof is a serious investment. You will want your existing roof to last as long as possible so you can maximize your roof ROI.
Follow these tips to extend your roof’s lifespan.
Clean Your Gutters Regularly
Gutters are an important part of a residential roofing system in Marin County. Functional gutters move rainwater away from the house and its foundation, helping prevent water damage. Over time, gutters become clogged with dirt, dust and debris such as leaves, tree branches, twigs and remnants of pest nests.
Clogged gutters can cause water to back up, which can result in serious roof damage. To prevent problems, thoroughly clean your gutters at least twice a year – in the spring and fall. Make sure they are fastened securely to the superstructure and consider installing gutter guards to prevent debris from entering your gutters.
Trim Overhanging Branches
Tree branches hanging over your roof can scrape against its parts and strip off layers of asphalt. A strong wind can blow away an overhanging branch and it can fall on your roof, causing extensive damage.
In some cases, overhanging tree branches can create the perfect condition for mold growth. To prevent damage, trim branches hanging over your roof. Keep them away from your gutters and siding.
Stay On Top of Preventive Maintenance
Have your roofing contractor maintain your roof at least once a year. The purpose of professional roofing maintenance is to address existing roof problems and prevent potential problems from occurring. Well-maintained roofs need less frequent repairs and last longer than poorly maintained roofs.
During a professional roof maintenance, your contractor will:
- Remove debris and clean your roof
- Clean gutters
- Check for signs of roof damage and repair leaks
- Check exterior structural components
Visually Inspect Your Roof
Walk around your home and visually inspect your roof, flashing and chimney for cracks. Look for damaged, missing, or curled shingles, sagging, discoloration and moss.
Check for Proper Ventilation
Make sure your vents are working properly. One of the dead giveaways of a poorly functioning vent system is mold, mildew, and warm humid air coming from the attic. Check your soffit screens to make sure they are free of debris.