Unexpected roof damage is one of the most common reasons for residential roof repairs. In fact, up to 65% of homeowners said their main motivation for their repairs was because of weather damage.
While you can’t fight the weather, there are a few ways you can make sure your roof stays in good shape and is well-equipped to “weather” any storms. Here are four tips you can use to keep your roof in peak condition to extend its longevity:
- Keep your roof clean. Having your roof properly cleaned on a periodic basis can maximize your shingle life up to 20 to 25 years or more. When you don’t regularly clean your roof, you run the risk of developing algae and moss growth. Algae will spread and cause noticeable discoloration on your roof and can permanently stain it if not addressed. Moss buildup can cause water damage and degrade your roof’s structural integrity, since moss thrives by absorbing and retaining water.
- Have a maintenance schedule. It’s important to have your roof regularly inspected at least every three years and repaired as needed. These inspections and repairs are best scheduled in the spring or fall. This helps to ensure the weather hasn’t knocked your shingles or tiles loose or caused any water damage.
- Keep your gutters clear. Another part of roofing maintenance that ought to be conducted at least twice a year is gutter cleaning. Your gutter system is an essential part of your roof. It’s what keeps water away from your foundation, siding and shingles. If the gutters become clogged, water then stagnates to draw mold and cause leaks, and can also overflow down the side of the house. Gutters also prevent ice dams from forming in the winter by allowing the water from melting snow to flow off the roof during the day instead of getting trapped when the temperatures drop again.
- Trim overhanging branches. Trees provide plenty of shade during the summer, which can help to reduce your energy bills. But when overhanging branches break off from your home’s surrounding trees, they can end up falling onto your roof and can scrape, damage or crack your shingles. Leaks can occur if branches have damaged the weatherproofed outer layer or caused missing shingles. After striking the roof, tree branches could also fall into the gutters and clog your gutter system. To help prevent roof and gutter damage, keep overhanging branches trimmed regularly.
Up to 23% of homeowners say they only ever inspect their roof when they suspect there’s a problem. Regular roof maintenance and repairs can ensure your roof stays in good condition longer and extend its lifespan.
Whether you need a residential roof repair, roof installation or a replacement for rotting or decaying shingles, Select Construction has the skills you need. For more information about our residential roof repair services, contact Select Construction today.