How to Extend the Life of a Roof

The roof on your home is a considerable investment. It’s one that protects the home from the elements. While some people think that they can have a new roof installed and then forget about it, there are still some upkeep tasks that you should take care of so the roof lasts as long as possible.

A roof that’s well maintained will last longer than one that’s neglected. This gets you the most use out of your investment. When the roof is damaged, there’s a chance that the supporting structure of the home could become damaged or weak. It can also allow mold and mildew to grow in the wet areas if the water soaks through the boards supporting the roof. The only way to ensure this doesn’t happen is to maintain the roof.

Inspect the Roof

You should visually inspect the roof at least once a month or after storms. You don’t have to climb up on the roof to get this done, but do make note of anything you see that’s amiss. You should contact your roofer to address anything that you see wrong.

Twice per year, typically in the spring and fall, you should have a roofer inspect the roof. They can address things that need to be fixed. This might include broken or lifted shingles. It can also include bulges in the roof and damage to other structures.

Check the Condition of Related Systems

Other systems, such as the gutters and flashings, must be in good condition so the rain can sheet off the roof the way it should. When these aren’t in good shape, there’s a chance that water might sit on the shingles or seep beneath the shingles. This can lead to considerable damage to the roof. Anything that’s damaged should be repaired or replaced immediately so that you can minimize the risk of harm to the roof.

Keep the Roof Clean

All throughout the year, you need to ensure that the roof remains clean. This means removing leaves and other debris, especially after storms. You should also have snow removed if there’s a considerable amount that’s wet or heavy. Having any type of debris on the roof can weaken it. In some cases, such as when the weather is wet, debris may trap moisture that could lead to mildew or mold.

Work with the Roofing Experts

The professionals at Roofers Elite are here to help you with all your roofing needs. From semi-annual inspections to new roof installation, our team is ready to ensure your home or business has the protection a solid roof provides. Give us a call at 207-708-8966 to discuss your roofing needs and schedule the services for your home or business.

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