5 simple tips to help you extend roof life
How to Maintain Your Roof
How long does a roof last? The answer to that question can help save you a fortune. Unfortunately, there’s no clear, definitive time table, but the average lifespan of a commercial roofing system typically ranges from 20 to 30 years. But Mother Nature might have other plans. Luckily, a little TLC can help make a huge difference in how many quality years you get from your roofing system.
The best part is you can perform most of these tasks on your own.
Here are some of the things you can do to prolong the lifespan of a roof sytem:
Perform Gutter Maintenance
A clogged gutter is a breeding pool for leaks. When your gutters aren’t working properly, the water has nowhere to go. And the longer you keep water at a standstill, the more susceptible your roof is to early failure. This can cause the facia to deterioriate quickly, forcing you into an expensive repair. Check your gutters frequently. The safest measure is to make sure they’re inspected after every storm. And if it seems like too much debris has built up, contact your contractor to get your gutters professionally serviced.
Sometimes a tree can cause more harm than good. That’s typically the case if you have trees in close proximity to your building. Leaves often get caught in gutters, hindering their ability to drain water away from the foundation of your building. But that’s not even the main concern. Large branches can be hazardous, especially during storms. When branches come in contact with your roof, they often scratch the surface. This is small damage at first glance, but over time, these scratches will expand, leaving your roof punctured. If you truly want the roof to last longer, you’ll trim those long branches frequently.
Supply Proper Ventilation
Ventilation is usually the most underrated aspect of a heating and cooling system. Proper ventilation invites cool air into the building, while pushing humid air out. An imbalanced airflow can spread moisture throughout the building and trap hot air in multiple environments, which stimulates the growth of mold around the insulation. For ventilation to work properly, make sure all roof vents are properly aligned. And when installing new roof vents, be sure to choose the equipment that matches the style and slope of your roof.
Keep the Building Insulated
Roof shingles serve many purposes, but perhaps their greatest function is protecting the building from heat. This roofing material absorbs heat reflected by the sun, which helps prevent your indoor environment from taking in hot air. This only works if the insulation is installed correctly. Make sure there is enough insulation in your interior space, but be careful not to block any vents. These two elements take pressure off your heating and cooling equipment, as well as your roofing system, improving energy efficiency all around.
Schedule Routine Inspections
Roofing inspections are instrumental in any preventive maintenance program. By checking your roof regularly, you can identify the source of issues head on. This gives you the chance to fix minor damages before they grow into expensive headaches. You should be planning a checkup at least once a quarter. For best results, get your roof inspected after a storm passes through. And It’s always good to get a second opinion, so be sure to schedule maintenance checkups with a professional roofing contractor. They’re trained to identify and fix issues that normally can’t be spotted by the naked eye.
Start Extending the Life of Your Roof Now
When it comes to roofing maintenance, no one is better to have in your corner than Frederic Roofing. Whether it’s residential or commercial, your roof’s lifespan is in good hands. Our experts deliver comprehensive services for every need. We tackle all the big tasks including:
- New Roofing Installations
- Roof Replacements and Repairs
- Roof Cleaning
- Tuck Pointing
- Gutter and Downspout Maintenance
With our team in your corner, you’ll never have to plan an early repair or replacement. Whether it’s asphalt, clay-tiled or metal roofing, we’ll do whatever it takes so you get quality years of life from your building’s most important structure.
Contact us today to schedule a free roofing inspection with a certified expert!