How You Can Extend the Life of Your RoofOn July 17, 2017 by johnny
Depending on the materials you use and the workmanship of the roofers, your new roof should last an average of 20 years or more. Materials such as tile and metal will double the lifespan, but they are more expensive and may not be in the budget for many homeowners. No matter what material you choose, there are several things you can do to extend the life of your roof.
Most important of course is choosing a reputable roofing contractor or company. You should pick a local company that has a good reputation and one that offers referrals, as well as insurance for its workers. The last thing you want to worry about is shoddy work and low-quality materials.
Why Ventilation is Needed
When you’re in the market for roofing remodeling, be sure to include proper ventilation in your discussion with potential roofing companies. Proper attic ventilation is important in extending the life of any roof. Summer sun can raise the temperature in your attic to 150 degrees or more when there is not enough air flow. That heat can cause problems with asphalt shingles, causing them to break down faster. It can also weaken, warp and crack rafters.
In the winter, an improperly vented attic can cause moisture to build up and condense on the interior of the roof, where it drips into the insulation. Wet insulation is not very efficient, as you may find in your heating bills. The general rule for proper ventilation is to include one square foot of ventilation for every 300 square feet of attic space.
How to Maintain Your New Roof
Get the most out of your roofing remodeling project with these maintenance tasks, which should be made on a regular basis:
- Clean gutters: Remove leaves and debris regularly. If allowed to build up, they can prevent water from draining properly. Standing water can damage the fascia and soffit materials along the gutters. When cleaning your gutters, be sure to inspect them for leaks, punctures, and rust, which can also cause damage.
- Remove debris: Of course, you know to remove the most obvious debris, such as tree limbs, which you can easily see. Wind, rain and snow can also strip smaller limbs and leaves from nearby trees, along with depositing dirt, small pebbles, and stray litter on your roof. It’s a good idea to check for debris after any strong storm because left unattended, it can trap moisture and further debris.
- Ice dams: These can form along the eaves during cold weather when the snow melts and refreezes along the eaves, where the temperature is much colder than other parts of the roof. Ice dams can cause water to pool behind them and possibly leak through shingles. If that happens, it could damage insulation, walls, and more.
- Inspections: You should have your roof inspected by roofing professionals every few years. Many offer this service free of charge. They will look for problems and can make any minor repairs, which may create a bigger headache if unnoticed.
Clean Your Roof
Asphalt shingles contain limestone. Algae and moss feed off minuscule particles within the limestone. If portions of your roof remain shaded throughout the year, moss and algae can begin growing there. They trap moisture that can add to the deterioration of shingles. You should have these areas cleaned every year or two by a professional roofing company. Many homeowners enjoy the appearance of a clean roof and feel it adds to their home’s aesthetics.
Roofing remodeling is one of the most expensive, and the largest, home improvement projects you can take on. Savvy homeowners will take the time to do their homework and find the most reputable contractor in their area. After all, they’re the ones who are providing the roof above your head.