How Can I Protect My Roof?
Most homeowners think that roofs last forever, but that is far from the truth. Asphalt roofing lasts a maximum of 20 years and only if it’s in ideal weather conditions. That means no severe storms, ice build-ups, and strong winds.
Wood lasts a bit more, but it is very vulnerable to rot and pesticide. Metal and tile are the best when it comes to long lifespans, but to reach their maximum of 100 years, they should be properly cleaned and maintained.
So how do we protect our roofs? That’s easy! Just put in practice these several tips and your roof will be good to go:
Clean the Gutters
Our homes have a vast network of drainage mechanisms which ensure that we stay free from floods and leaks. An important part of our home’s drainage is the gutters.
With time, debris builds up inside your gutters. This debris consists of leaves, dirt, and branches. To ensure that the debris doesn’t create a massive clog, clean the gutters out at least 2 times a year and after each storm.
If the gutters become clogged, water will start putting pressure on the roof, severely damaging it and cutting its lifespan in half. Schedule an appointment with professional roofing or try to clean the gutters yourself. Remember to do this on a sunny day, avoid storms at all cost.
Remove Algae and Moss
Quality roofing doesn’t have problems with moisture. If you start noticing attic leaks, rot or algae and moss on the shingles, something isn’t quite right.
Our roofs shouldn’t have any kind of natural life on them. This also includes pesticide and bird nests. When they appear, make sure to remove everything. If moss and algae are becoming more and more difficult to clean, start considering a roof replacement.
Regular and professional inspections are a lifesaver. Schedule consultations with professional roofing at least once every 5 years (if there aren’t any signs for roof damage). In the meantime, boost your focus and look out for these things:
- Damaged, curled up or missing shingles
- Leaks and rot in the attic
- Detached or clogged gutters
- Damaged flashing and chimney
- Bubbling paint on the ceiling
- Moisture near the fireplace
Cut Tree Branches
We previously mentioned how branches and leaves build up inside gutters. To reduce the chances for these kinds of situations, it’s highly recommended to maintain the trees around your roof.
This means cutting long, heavy branches above your roof and chimney. Of course, before you do so, opt for expert consultation. You don’t want to damage the whole tree because of improper maintenance.
Tree branches above a roof can cause several unpleasant scenarios:
- Squirrels, birds, and pesticide
- Impact on the roof during winds and storms
- Clogged gutters
- Shading encourages moss growth
Available Roofing is your professional roofing company in Oakville. With over 14 years of experience in Commercial & Residential Roofing, we are proud and dedicated to offering the highest level of quality and service.