Even the simplest maintenance tasks can help you get more years out of your roof!
Having to replace your roof too early is never fun for anyone. However, barring any drastic events that are out of your control, like a severe storm, you have a lot more control over how long your roof lasts than you might think. In fact, there are a lot of things you can do to make your roof last longer, and many of them are quick and easy maintenance tasks that can be done on your own. In our last blog, we touched on just a few simple maintenance tips for a long-lasting roof. Keep reading to learn more.
#4. Keep an eye on the state of your shingles.
The shingles are just one of many different aspects of your roof, but they play a very important role in keeping your roof safe, protected and free of leaks. However, even the best quality shingles won’t last forever. Sunshine beating down on your shingles, wind, hail and a vast array of other things can damage your shingles and make them ineffective at protecting your roof and your home. Here are a few signs of shingle damage to watch out for:
- Bare Spots
- Missing Granules
- Broken or Missing Shingles
- Granules in Your Gutters
In order for your shingles to do their job properly, they need to be in good working order. That’s why, as soon as you spot an issue with your shingles, it’s important to turn to your local roofer to get the repairs you need.
#5. Inspect your attic.
Sometimes, you can learn more about your roof from the inside of your home than you can on top of your roof! You can learn a lot about the state of your roof from your attic. For instance, if you notice dark spots on the ceiling or the walls, there’s a good chance that your roof has a leak that needs to be fixed. You should also watch for any signs of daylight seeping into your attic when you look at the ceiling, as this could indicate missing shingles or exposure from another weak spot in your roof.
Another important aspect of a healthy roof is proper insulation and ventilation in your attic. If your attic isn’t properly insulated or ventilated, the heat that builds up inside your attic can weaken and damage your roof over time from the inside. Furthermore, a lack of ventilation or insulation can cause ice dams to form on your roof in the winter, which prevents melted snow from getting out through your gutters and can lead to roof leaks.
#6. Get professional roof inspections from time to time.
Many of the tips we’ve gone over can be done on your own, be we can’t overstate the importance of regular, professional roof inspections enough. One reason why it’s so important to have a roofer come out and take a look at your roof is because they know exactly what they’re looking for, which means that they have the ability to catch issues that you may have overlooked, and that will lead to bigger, more expensive issues down the road.
Another great reason to have your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor is that they have what it takes to safely get on top of your roof without damaging it, giving them to ability to get a closer look at the flashings, valleys and all of the other parts of your roof that are prone to flooding and damage. When you inspect your roof by yourself, it’s much better for you to do so from the ground. Not only could you end up hurting yourself, but stepping in the wrong place could cause damage to your roof, so it’s best to stay off of your roof and allow the professionals to get up there instead.
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We hope this blog helps you enjoy a roof that lasts for as long as possible and that functions as effectively as possible. If your roof is due for an inspection or maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact us. We offer a wide range of roofing services, and we’re ready and able to meet all of your roofing needs in Denver. Contact us today to get started!