The longevity of your roof depends on the quality of workmanship and materials. There are still some things, though, that you can do to improve its lifespan. As a homeowner, it’s important to maintain your roof. Your roofing contractor explains that for proper maintenance, it’s crucial to first know what can threaten your roof’s integrity. Here’s how you can prevent early symptoms of degradation and effectively extend the lifespan of your roof.
Pay Attention to Sagging or Overloaded Gutters
After storms, tree branches and other debris can build up on your roof. Leaves and other refuse in your gutters can cause them to sag. Have a professional clear your gutters to avoid water damage to your roof’’s decking and the fascia boards supporting the gutters.
Address Rot or Weak Spots
Most homeowners don’t conduct regular roof inspections. Hire a professional roofing company to inspect your roof every two to three years. A reputable roofing professional can also make small repairs and reseal weak spots, and that could save you a lot of money and hassle in the future.
Ventilation is one key to a long-lasting roof, so inspect your attic. Poor attic ventilation can lead to serious problems, among them the premature aging of your roof. In the summertime, an attic without proper airflow can reach 160 degrees. On your roof, this hot air “fries” your shingles, leading to speedy decay. In the winter, under-ventilated attics create moisture that clings to the underside of your roof. It then falls onto your insulation, reducing its efficiency.
Invest in Ample Insulation
Insulating your roofing is also very important in maximizing the life of your roof. In summer, your roof can be up to 90 degrees hotter than the air temperature. Insulating reduces heat transfer and reflects radiant heat away from the roof. It also protects your rafters from cracking.
Talk to State Roofing about how we can work together to extend and maximize the life of your roof. We look forward to serving you in Tacoma or Kirkland, WA. Call us today at (360) 205-3100.