Protect Your Investment: 4 Steps To Help Your Roof Last Longer

The roof on your home is a major investment. According to research, homeowners spend, on average, between $4000 and $8000 to replace their roof. If you've just had a new roof installed on your home, you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible. That's where proper maintenance comes in. Here are four steps you can take that will help you protect your roof from premature aging.

Conduct Monthly Inspections

When it comes to protecting your roof, monthly inspections should be your first line of defense against premature aging. You don't even have to climb up on the roof to do a thorough inspection. Using a pair of binoculars to view the roof, walk around the perimeter of your home. Look for signs of damage such as curled, torn, or missing shingles. If you live in an area that's prone to hail storms, it's a good idea to look for signs of hail damage – especially right after a storm. You can spot hail damage by the pits that are left behind in the shingles. If you see damage, you should have it repaired as soon as possible.

Keep the Gutters Clean

You might not think that your gutters have anything to do with roof maintenance, but they do. Dirty and clogged rain gutters can allow water to seep under the edges of your shingles, which can lead to wood rot and mold growth. At least twice a year, sweep out your gutters and flush them out with your garden hose. This will ensure that your gutters are flowing properly, which will prevent moisture damage on your roof.

Clear the Leaves

Speaking of mold growth, those piles of leaves that gather on the roof can actually create the perfect environment for mold. As the sun heats up the leaves, moisture can develop beneath the pile. When that happens, mold can begin growing. Unfortunately, mold can damage your shingles. As soon as you see leaves building up on your roof, you should remove them.

Trim the Branches

If you have trees growing near your home, you should make sure the branches aren't allowed to scrape the roof. When branches scrape up against your roof, they can damage your shingles. Not only that but low-lying branches provide the perfect access route for squirrels. Once they're on your roof, they can chew on the shingles. To prevent damage to your roof, your trees should be trimmed away from your home.

You spent a lot of money on your new roof. Protect it from damage, and extend its life by providing proper maintenance. Use the tips provided above to help your roof have a long, healthy life. 

For more information, contact a local company like Cloise & Mike Construction Inc.