A well maintained shingle roof has the ability to last for upwards of thirty years. If your roof happens to be time or slate, it will be able to last a lifetime. The replacing of a roof can be quite expensive, but regular repairs and maintenance as needed, you will receive a lengthy lifespan from your roof. The following will explain a handful of measures that can be taken in regards to your roof maintenance.
- Perform regular inspections on your roof. It is ideal for every homeowner to inspect their roof two per year. One inspection should be conducted in the fall due to debris, leaves and more; while you should inspect in the spring to check for damages that could result from ice damage, storms and heavy winds.
- Clean your gutters. In the late fall, after the trees near your home have become bare. During this time, you will need to check for breaks and gaps within the seams.· Remove tree limbs that are overhanging. Trees that tend to grow too close to your home can prove to be a hazard for your roof.
- Look for animal damage. Raccoons, chipmunks, birds and squirrels tend to make a home for themselves under your roof. Should any portion of the roof become weak or rotted, it will provide these animals with an ideal entry way.
- Inspect the attic. More than likely you will be able to determine leaks and weaknesses within your roof from its underside. Look for signs of staining or streaking as well as indications of insects or animals.
Never subscribe yourself to the mindset of “out of sight, out of mind”. This train of thought can cost you greatly in the end. Keep in mind that your roof works hard for you and your family each day, therefore, take a few hours every few months to work for it.