The average roof has a lifespan of around 25 to 50 years. Some roofs will however hit the minimum lifespan outlined by the manufacturer, while most surely surpass it by far. While the installation process and expertise do play a significant role in how long the roof will last, the roofing materials used, and most importantly, how well you care for the same does affect its lifespan. Here are a few tips and ideas on how to give your roof a longer lifespan.
1. Clean the Roof Once in A While
Twigs, leaves, and branches add weight on the roof, and also attract microbes such as algae on the roof. Although these may seem harmless at first, they continue accumulating causing an undergrowth that starts to strip away the roof’s waterproofing granules. Branches and twigs also tend to scratch the roof surface making it prone to damage. Nonetheless, cleaning the roof once in a while can however help prevent the destructive nature of these elements. Sweeping as well as pressure washing the roof is recommended to help keep the roof clean.
2. Keep the Gutter Clean
Clogged gutters spell disaster for your roof. Leaves, twigs, protective granules, and other foreign materials find their way into these gutters making it almost impossible for water to drain properly. Clogged gutters encourage overflow as well as water seeping back into the roof’s deck board. Left unchecked, this will start ‘eating away’ your roof through corrosion and erosion. Nonetheless, keeping the gutters clean and clear of these obstructive elements should give the roof breathing space and even a longer lifespan.
3. Consider Preventive Repair
Preventive Roof repair even on the smallest of leaks will save you money and the roof as well. Even the smallest point-leak can grow into an unmanageable leak calling for the fresh installation of the same. Having an expert and experienced roofer look into some of these issues, and repair them accordingly should save you lots of frustration and a new roof. Professional servicing after every few years is also recommended to help take care of unforeseen issues with the roof.
4. Ensure the Attic Has Enough Ventilation
Moisture and heat buildup in the attic can affect the roof’s foundation, hence should be checked regularly. Moisture buildup often happens when there’s a simple yet unnoticeable leak in the attic. Taking some time to climb up the attic and checking for any signs of wetness or leakage will go a long way in protecting the roof’s foundation among other elements. Heat buildup accelerates the rate at which these elements rot away hence not recommended. Striving to ensure there is adequate air circulation in the attic is one of the best ways to prevent moisture and heat buildup in the same.
These are just but several measures to take to ensure your roof last much longer while maintaining its glamor and strength. The first step however starts with having an experienced and expert roofer handle the roof installation. Once this is done, you can then take on the measures outlined above to ensure it remains in its top condition possible. You can also talk to a local roofer for help determining areas that need particular attention for optimal performance and durability.