Most roofs have a generally long lifespan. However, even the best types of roofing materials need to be replaced at some point. Still, it pays to try to extend the service life of your roof. Today’s article from roofing and siding contractor Hill Roofing Corporation talks about three simple tips on extending the lifespan of your roof.
Keep the Gutters Clean
Gutter maintenance is probably the last thing you’d expect to do when trying to prolong your roof’s lifespan. But in order to make your roof last as long as possible, you’ll have to take care of all the components attached to it, including gutters. Accumulated debris in clogged gutters obstructs the flow of rainwater. The rainwater then either remains stagnant or seeps through your siding, eventually ending up in your basement and possibly causing water damage.
When the water cannot spill out from the side of the gutters, it goes off into another direction. The water can go upward and seep into your roof sheathing, causing roof failure. Keeping your gutters clean can help you save on the costs of hiring a professional roofing contractor.
Trim Tree Branches
Trees provide much-needed shade, but an overgrown forest in your own backyard is, at the very least, an eyesore and a nuisance. Tree limbs can pose risks for your roof, especially when the branches come into contact with your roof. On top of causing shingle damage, tree limbs can also give rodents access to your roof. To avoid all of these, keep tree branches at least 10 feet away from your roof.
Do a quick inspection every once in a while, especially after severe weather. Be on the lookout for missing shingles and damaged flashing as well as sagging fascia boards and leaking. Don’t hesitate to contact your preferred company when you see any of these signs.
Hill Roofing Corporation can help you prolong the service life of your roof. We also offer siding services. Call us today at (703) 291-0311 for a free estimate. We serve Arlington and Manassas, VA.