Investing in a new roof for your home is expensive, but it is something most homeowners have to do at some point or another. Whether problems arise due to storm damage, age, or another factor, roofs simply don’t last forever. There are, however, some steps you can take to help your existing roof last as long as possible.
It is important to note that these measures will have the best chance of working if your current roof is newer. Roofing materials that are already 20 or more years old aren’t likely to be heavily impacted by the tips listed below. However, once you do replace an older roof, you can begin taking these steps right away to prolong your new roof’s lifespan.
Many homeowners underestimate just how vital their residential gutter systems are to the overall longevity of their roofs. Clogged gutters, however, can begin to sag from the excess weight, which can, in turn, lead to serious roof problems – not to mention other potential structural issues with your house. The best way to prevent gutter issues is to have professional inspections twice per year.
Another issue you might not have considered concerning your roof’s longevity is attic ventilation. However, think of it this way – an uninsulated, improperly ventilated attic can easily hit about 160 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer. This level of extreme heat can damage the shingles just above the attic, leading them to crack or even fall off. Freezing temperatures in the winter can have a similar effect. If your attic isn’t well-ventilated now, it is wise to hire a local HVAC expert to give you a quote.
Piggybacking off of the last tip, it is also imperative to make sure your attic insulation is adequate. There are several reasons for this; chief among them is that a well-insulated attic can significantly reduce heat transfer, dramatically lowering the chances that your roof rafters will crack from exposure to excessively high temperatures.
From time to time, almost all roofs have debris land on them. For example, branches can blow around during storms, kids playing in the yard can accidentally throw toys or balls too high, and expected, everyday wind can send unwanted items flying asunder. Problems, though, can begin to arise when the debris isn’t removed. Heavy things, like large branches, can lead to severe problems and can even cause your roof to sag over time. Therefore, the sooner you remove debris, the better.
Our team at Oceanside Exteriors is prepared to help with all of your roofing needs! If you are ready to take better care of your roof and you’d like to start with a roof inspection, contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment. Give us a call at (207) 310-7659 or fill out our contact form. We can’t wait to serve you!