How to Extend the Life of Your Roof

Your home is one of the largest investments you’ll entertain throughout the course of your lifetime. Maintaining the foundation, appliances, and all the inner workings of your living quarters is paramount in continuing to forge new memories with family and friends. Your roof, in particular, can yield a hefty price tag should it be improperly maintained and require replacing. As with a visually stunning tree, who needs to be cracked open to reveal its age via growth rings, the aesthetic of your roof can be preserved by giving it the appropriate care. To avoid premature replacement or costly damages, here are some tips that will help extend the life of your roof.

Eliminate Fallen Leaves

Depending on the architectural style of your home, your roof may harbor piles of leaves due to neighboring trees and the overall build of peaks and valleys across its surface. Leaves that accumulate in these valleys are known for capturing high-levels of moisture. As leaves begin to decompose, moisture will be deposited on top of the roof, which can permeate the surface, become a breeding ground for mold, or even create conditions where weeds can emerge. Whether your weapon of choice is a specialized roof leaf rake, a soft-bristled brush, or a leaf blower, you will need to remove these leaves from their newly found habitat on your roof. In order to dislodge saturated leaves, you will need to use a garden hose to gently wash them from the area.

Give Overhanging Tree Limbs a Haircut

Trimming the surrounding trees will not only prevent unwanted leaves or moss from accumulating on your roof, but it will also ensure no branches damage your roof after windy or stormy weather. Additionally, tree limbs that protrude over your roof can act as a bridge for rodents to scurry over to your roof, where they can chew, claw, and damage the surface.

Unclog Gutters

Debris and leaves can make your gutters congested, destroying your home’s siding and allowing moisture to enter your basement. When moisture has no place to go due to clogged gutters, it can also flow upward, permeating the roof’s sheathing and causing it to rot and/or grow mold.

Remove Any Moss

Black algae commonly appear on composition roofs and may not be visually appealing, but its presence isn’t harmful to the roof. For homeowners in the Northwest, however, you may experience moss developing across your roof, which can be highly destructive to the area. Frequently found on composition or wood shingles, moss can capture water and cause extensive, costly damage to your home. When addressed in its early stages, moss can simply be brushed away. However, as the growth escalates, the moss may need to be killed before it can be removed.

Thwart Ice Dam Formation

In colder climates or regions that experience winter weather, your roof may be vulnerable to ice buildup. Snow should be cleared away after each storm to avoid unwanted leaking of water into your home. Be careful when dislodging snow and try tackling areas that are about 3 to 4 feet from your gutters. Other circumstances that could lead to the formation of ice dams is air leaks and insufficient insulation in your attic.

Author’s short bio:

Frazier Roofing and Guttering is the second oldest roofing company in Arlington,we have over 18 years of experience in roofing and have been happily serving all of Tarrant County and surrounding cities with their gutter and roofing demands. Founded by Rich & Sheila Frazier in 1977, the year that Elvis “The King” left us. Over the years, we have built up our team of Arlington and Fort Worth roofing contractors and have become one of the most distinguished roofing companies in the area.