Homeowners can expect the average roof to last between 15-25 years. Since the average cost to replace an asphalt shingle roof is around $20,000, you want to do whatever you can to extend the life of your roof. There are many things that homeowners can be aware of that will help them prevent premature wear and repair on their roof. Big Ike’s Roofing Co is here to share some tips to help your roof last longer.
Why Gutter Cleaning is Important
Your gutter system plays a key role in protecting your home from water damage. It keeps water flowing away from your home rather than into your basement. It also protects your home from water moving upward into your roof and attic as well. Too much water can wick your roof sheathing and cause it to rot as well as rot your rafters too. Keep your gutters free from debris that doesn’t allow water to flow as it should during severe weather.
Roof Moss Removal
Many people struggle with algae growth on their shingles. These black streaks don’t damage your roof even though they aren’t aesthetically appealing. However, if you ever notice moss growing on your roof; it’s a different story. Moss is more three dimensional that algae and will hold moisture. This moisture can cause serious damage to your roof and should be removed as soon as possible.
Trim Overhanging Tree Branches
If you have trees near your home, keep an eye on them. If their branches start to grow over your roof, the shade produced by these trees can help produce moss. You also don’t want too much leaf litter on your roof that will eventually make its way into your gutters. One other problems that overhanging trees cause is pests. Squirrels and other rodents can easily make their way to your home when tree limbs are hanging over and touching your roof. These pests can cause damage to your roof and your attic if they make their way inside.
Prevent Ice Dams on Roof Valleys
Ice dams forming on the edge of your roof are never a good thing. These damaging blocks of ice cause water to leak into your attic and damage to your roof as well. Removing as much snow as possible between storms is a good way to keep ice from forming on the edge of your roofline. There are many methods that can be used to do this. If you do have ice that has formed on the edge of your roof, avoid breaking or prying it off as this will cause unnecessary damage to your roof.
Replace Roof Shingles When Necessary
If you notice that any of your shingles are missing or starting to curl on the edges at all, they need to be replaced as soon as possible. Without replacing these shingles, you are putting your roof at risk in the case that severe weather is a problem.