Come rain or shine, your roof is one of the most vulnerable parts of your home or commercial building. Bad weather, improper installation, or debris in the area can all cause damage to a building’s roof, leaving its interior open to leaks and water damage. While most roofs have a lifespan of around 30 years depending on the materials used, it takes the proper maintenance to make sure your roof lasts this long or longer. Follow these tips to get the most out of your roof.
Get Regular Roof Inspections
No one wants to get blindsided and realize there’s a problem when it’s already too late. Getting your roof inspected can help you find and address any issues before time and weather cause it to deteriorate further. The National Roofing Contractors Association says you should check your roof at least twice a year during the spring and fall since summer and winter are often the harshest on your roof. Commercial properties can often benefit from more frequent checkups.
Empty Out Gutters
It is not uncommon for property owners to neglect their gutters, which can lead to problematic pooling on the edges of the roof. It is especially important to empty out gutters before a storm so rainwater is able to escape away from the building.
Address Damaged or Missing Shingles
While a damaged shingle or two might not seem like a big deal, this is the easiest way for water to get into your roof. To avoid needing to replace your roof due to extensive water damage, replace missing or damaged shingles right away.
Cut Tree Branches
If you have trees close to your property, make sure there are no tree branches growing over the roof. This can cause damage or collapse during a storm if they break and fall.